BREAKING: Sheriff releases sketch of suspect in attempted kidnapping of 12-year-old Ojai girl

Suspect sketch

Sketch by Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

Sketch of suspect in March 4 attempted kidnapping, released by Ventura County Sheriff's Office on March 10.


 The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has released a sketch of a suspect in the attempted kidnapping of a 12-year-old Ojai girl on March 4 at about 8:15 p.m. 

In a written statement on March 10, the sheriff updated its March 7 press release about the incident, providing more detailed information.

It stated that on March 4, the girl was approached by two men in a vehicle near the area of Bristol and Foothill roads in Ojai. The passenger in the vehicle attempted to grab the girl by her backpack and pull her toward the vehicle. 

According to the written statement, the girl “fought back and fled the area. Once at a safe location, the juvenile contacted her mother and family friend about the incident. The victim was immediately taken to the Ojai Police Department to report the incident.”

The sheriff reported that the suspects’ vehicle was described as a white four-door sedan with scratches on the front bumper near the passenger-side headlight. It had a sticker in the lower righthand corner of the rear window, possibly an American flag.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid to late 20s with dark-colored spiky hair, sideburns, a mole on the right side of his face, scar on the left side of his neck, approximately 5 feet five inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and medium build. He was wearing a “dirty,” white, long-sleeved shirt and jeans with red and blue paint on them. 

The driver was only described as a male subject.

Detectives said they worked with the girl to create the composite sketch of the suspect.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Det. Meagan Yates of the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at 805-384-4731.

The Sheriff’s Office also reminded the public to speak to their children about “Stranger Danger” and to report suspicious behavior by calling 805-654-9511.

They stated: “When reporting suspicious behavior, please be a great witness and provide as much detail as possible. With so many individuals now having cellular phones with cameras, remember to take a photo if it safe to do so; it truly helps.”

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