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Police arrested a California man they said he tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl on her way to school.
Joseph Dumarce, 20, was arrested Saturday and named a kidnapping suspect after the Sacramento Police Department said he drove up to a 13-year-old girl Friday around 7:30 a.m. as she was walking to school and asked her for directions.
The victim began to answer the man but then realized he was masturbating and began to walk away, police said in a news release.
“At this point, the male suspect drove past the victim, pulling his vehicle in front of her,” police said. “He then exited and tried to pull the victim into the back seat of the car.”
The young girl was able to escape and ran to the school, where she alerted authorities.
Police were able to capture video of the suspect’s vehicle, a 4-door silver sedan, after canvasing the neighborhood.
They reached out to the public for help tracking down the suspect, who was initially described as a Hispanic male in his 20’s with spiky hair and a medium build.
“After extensive follow-up investigation and diligent work by patrol officers, detectives and patrol supervisors, the suspect responsible for this crime has been arrested for kidnapping,” police said.
Police were also able to recover the vehicle they believe was used during the crime, KXTV reports.
The alleged incident has left those in the community shaken.
“It’s a wake-up call. It’s unbelievable,” Sofia Nyothson, who lives in the neighborhood told KTXL. “Kids should feel safe. We should be safe for our kids to walk to school, walk home from school, walk with their friends. I’m at a loss for words. It’s scary.”
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