SANTA MONICA—On February 8, the Santa Monica Police Department released a sketch of a kidnapping suspect. Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance.

The kidnapping attempt occurred on January 24, at 8:20 a.m., when a female minor was almost kidnapped on the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue by a white adult male who engaged the minor in conversation. The suspect then proceeded to accost the victim and attempted to scuttle her into the backseat of a vehicle where an accomplice awaited.

Managing to free herself, the victim made her way to the New Roads School, where police were contacted and a full report was made to local authorities.  The victim was uninjured.

Authorities have described the suspect as a white male in his 20s who is about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a slim build. “The suspect was wearing a gray sweatshirt, light blue jeans and tennis shoes,” stated Sergeant Jay Trisler in the press release.  An artist’s rendering has been released based on the description given by the victim.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Bambrick at 310-458-8932 or Sergeant Robert Almada at 310-458-8486 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at 310-458-8495.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463), or submit the tip online at  You will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest.