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Young Girl Escapes Kidnapper In South L.A. [Updated]

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A15-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital by Paramedics early Saturday morning after she reportedly broke free from a kidnapper's car and began screaming in a South Los Angeles neighborhood, says KTLA.

According to police, the girl says she was kidnapped sometime after midnight on Saturday in Long Beach and was able to escape the kidnapper's vehicle at approximately 3:15 a.m. in the 1600 block of West Vernon Avenue. Police and paramedics arrived on scene after a nearby resident on Hobart Boulevard called 9-1-1.

The kidnapper reportedly fled in a light-colored Dodge Magnum when the victim ran and began screaming for help, said police. Paramedics took the girl to California Medical Center for undisclosed injuries. Anyone with information can call 213-485-2582.

[Updated] 12:30 p.m.
Deemed a hoax, police say the girl retracted her story. Authorities are no longer searching for a suspect.