Teen girl escapes would-be kidnapper in Los Gatos

November 14, 2011 8:12:19 PM PST
Police say a 17-year-old girl punched and kicked her way to safety after a man tried to force her into his car.

It happened Sunday just after 4 p.m. in Los Gatos. The girl was walking on Lark Avenue near the Los Gatos Creek Trail. A man, described as a Hispanic male in his mid-40s, pulled alongside her in a car, offered her a ride, and then tried to kidnap her.

Police say he was driving a small sedan, hatchback or station wagon, possibly a mid-80s VW Jetta, dark brown in color, with several large areas painted dark blue or black, perhaps used to cover up rust.