Watsonville Police investigating attempted kidnapping

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville police are looking for a man who reportedly tried to kidnap a woman in the area of Ohlone Parkway and Yarro Court early Sunday morning.

According to Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido, the 48-year-old woman was jogging at about 6 a.m. when a man in his 20s approached her and asked multiple times if he could speak to her.

The victim ignored the man and ran away from him. He then chased after her and began pulling her into a gray sedan. While the suspect pulled the victim in, she honked the car horn in an attempt to draw attention and wake neighbors.

Pulido said that police are certain the incident was an attempted kidnapping.

“Fortunately, the victim was able to get away and run across the street to ask for help,” Pulido said. 

Detectives are gathering surveillance footage from homes and businesses along Ohlone Parkway to get a better description of the suspect and his vehicle. They have also been canvassing the area since the case was reported.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his late 20s with a medium build. He is 5-foot, 10-inches tall, and was wearing a white hooded sweater with blue, red and black stripes across the front.

There are no other reports of similar activity happening in the city, Pulido said.

Anyone with exterior cameras facing Ohlone Parkway is asked to review your surveillance video from Feb. 9 between 5:54 a.m. and 6 a.m. If you spot a gray sedan in your footage or have any information, please call Det. Nelson Hernandez at 768-3358.

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