BERKELEY (KRON) — Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly attempted to kidnap three young girls early Sunday evening in Berkeley, police said.
The three girls were walking in the area of College Avenue and Webster Street around 6:10 p.m. when the male suspect standing next to a van yelled at them to get in, according to police.
The suspect began to chase the girls on foot as they started to run away. The girls then started to scream and the suspect got back in his van and drove away south on College Avenue.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic Male, in his late 20’s to early 30’s, dark hair with a “scruffy face,” according to police.
Police said the suspect’s van is an older model, dark green or blue mini-van with possible tinted windows.
The victims in this case used excellent personal safety habits, police said, immediately leaving the area of the suspect, and reporting the matter to authorities.
This incident is similar to an incident which occurred on September 18 in Berkeley near Willard School on Telegraph Avenue.
The Police Department has been in contact with the Berkeley Unified School District and other schools to share information regarding this incident and recommended personal safety measures.
BPD is providing extra patrols around the schools in Berkeley.
Police are asking the public to call 911 or 510-981-5900 with any immediate sighting of the suspect so they can dispatch an officer as soon as possible. For any general information please contact our Special Victim’s Unit investigators at 510-981-5715. If a caller wishes to remain anonymous he/she may do so.