OCEANSIDE–Authorities are searching for a possible homeless man who attempted to abduct a 16-year-old girl on her way to school Thursday morning, Oceanside Police Department said.
The incident was reported at 7:20 a.m. in the area of Mesa Drive and Vanilla Way. The female victim was walking East on Mesa Drive on her way to El Camino High School. At one point she past the man walking in the opposite direction.
After passing the man he turned and grabbed her in a bear hug. During the altercation the man fell and the victim was able to escape making it to school where she notified security.
Oceanside police officers along with a department drone were deployed to the area in an attempt to locate the suspect.
The man is identified as possibly homeless white male, in his 50’s, very thin, approximately 5’9” 150 pounds. He was wearing a tan pull over sweatshirt with a zipper at the chest and black baggy, dirty jeans. He was bald on top of his head and had short light brown hair on the sides. He also had a scab on right side of his neck.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Oceanside Police Detective Baird at (760) 435-4690.