WOODLAND HILLS—Jacob Marshall, 24, was charged on Friday, June 29 with felony attempted kidnapping of a minor, and misdemeanor sexual battery involving an adult, after attempting to kidnap a 17 year-old girl headed to school on June 27.

Marshall was arrested on Wednesday, after he attempted to kidnap the teen after exiting her school bus near Winnetka Avenue and Oxnard Street, where he attempted to grab her from behind.

A Good Samaritan, who has chosen to remain anonymous, saw Marshall following the young girl at around 7:30 a.m. while driving along Winnetka Avenue on her way to work.

When the man saw her approaching he fled the scene, running to a nearby residential area. The Good Samaritan told the young girl to get in her car and followed the suspect down Oxnard Street, where she waited for police to arrive.

The woman felt compelled to follow the suspect, saying, “If I leave the area then he gets away with it.” The anonymous Good Samaritan told KCLA 9, “I can’t imagine had I not been there. I’m glad I was there in that split moment,” adding, “It just disgusted me when she said ‘I don’t know who he is and he followed me off the bus.'”

Canyon News reached out to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office about the case. Santiago indicated that Marshall was arrested by officer from the LAPD Topanga Station. According to Santiago, Marshall faces a maximum of 4 years and 6 months in prison, as well as potential sex offender registration.

Anyone with additional information on the incident is asked to call Detective Shapiro, Topanga Area Crimes Against Persons Detectives, at (818) 756-3362. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.