Driver arrested after truck matching one in Encinitas attempted kidnapping found

ENCINITAS (KUSI) — A man driving a pick up truck that matched the description of one involved in the attempted kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl in Encinitas two days ago was arrested Friday, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said. 

Deputies pulled over a truck matching the description in the 1500 block of Summit Avenue in the Cardiff area, several miles south of the site of the crime, following a brief pursuit. Video of the scene showed tape blocking off the area surrounding the vehicle. 

The arrested suspect was the same man whose sketch was released by police Thursday.

The teen was waxing her surfboard in the driveway of her family’s home in the 1600 block of Neptune Avenue in Encinitas about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when a skinny man in board shorts grabbed her from behind and pinned her to the ground, according to sheriff’s officials.

As the assailant tried to drag her toward a nearby older-model blue pickup truck occupied by a second man, the victim was able to break free and run into her home. She was unharmed.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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