San Francisco police arrest attempted kidnapper

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The man who grabbed a 13-year-old girl and tried to get her in his car in San Francisco’s  West Portal neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon was arrested, according to police.

The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Lee Mason Eigl, who was arrested around 1 a.m. after investigators spotted the vehicle allegedly involved in the attack outside his home, according to Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin.

Eigl was identified with the help of two citizens who pulled the girl from the suspect.

The witnesses were able to provide a description and partial license plate numbers, Chaplin said.

The attempted kidnapping happened around 5 p.m. near Herbert Hoover Middle School when the girl was walking on the unit block of Forest Side, police said. A white man in his 20s got out of the car and tried to kidnap the girl, according to police.

The girl screamed and several witnesses helped her, police said.

Eigl had fled southbound on Forest Side Avenue.

He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and assault with intent to take a person under 18.

He remains in custody with bail set at $400,000.

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