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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is looking for a suspect in an attempted kidnapping of a minor girl at Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles. EGP news reports that deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call of an attempted kidnapping on Saturday afternoon.

Two juvenile sisters were near the park restroom on the east side of the park when they encountered the suspect. The man attempted to grab and pull a girl into the men’s restroom but the girls broke free. They ran to their mother and she reported the incident to park staff but the suspect ran away.

EGP news says this comes days after residents attended a meeting at Salazar Park about public safety. They told county officials and law enforcement that they say crime is up at the park.

Authorities released a sketch of the suspect, who is described as a Hispanic male, between the ages of 30 and 40, with brown eyes.  He stands approximately between 5’7” and 5’9” and weighs between 160 lbs and 180 lbs.  He wore a white T-shirt and faded black pants.

The suspect also had very short black hair, a small mustache and goatee.  He spoke Spanish and wore a tattoo of a dragon wrapped around his right arm with the head of a creature on the back of his hand.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at (909) 394-9705. Or you can call “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-8477.

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