ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- Police in Escondido released a sketch Sunday of a man suspected of grabbing a 22-year-old woman and pulling her toward a car in an apparent kidnapping attempt.
The woman was walking to work in the 800 block of Bennett Street near El Norte Parkway about 8:10 a.m. Saturday, according to Escondido police Lt. Christopher Wynn.
She was approached by a man who grabbed her around her waist and pulled her toward a light blue, four-door 1990s Honda sedan parked in a driveway of a vacant house. The man told her to "Get in."
The victim screamed and the suspect fled, running into the back yard of the residence, Wynn said. The woman ran from the scene but saw the suspect speed away in the Honda. The woman was not injured.
One resident who lives near the scene of the incident remembers police questioning a young woman that Friday morning.
"There was a gal, looking like she was really upset, talking to the police on the driveway there," said Escondido resident Steve Hancock.
On Sunday, Escondido Police released a composite sketch of the suspect and descriptions of the suspect and the vehicle.
The suspect was described as a clean shaven white man in his early 30s, with a medium to dark skin tone, a chunky face and dark circles under his eyes.
He was about 5 feet-8 inches tall with a medium build and wore a white sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, black shorts and Nike running shoes.
Carrie Walsh is a mother of two and lives in the Escondido neighborhood. She said the incident is alarming.
"It's pretty scary because I go running here on early mornings," said Walsh. "Just a scary thing that it happened right here that close to your house."
"We've actually talked to both our daughters and our son that you can't let your guard down. You can't just put your headphones on and walk down the street. You've got to be paying attention to your surroundings all the time, because things happen then you're not paying attention," said Hancock.
Police urged anyone with information about the incident to contact them at (760) 839-4410.