(Pacifica Police Department)

PACIFICA -- The report of a 10-year-old girl punching a man who tried to kidnap her off a city street Sunday was corroborated by a friend of the child who saw the suspect, police said.

Police on Monday released a sketch of the man accused of attempting to grab the girl near the city's municipal pier around 4:25 p.m., prompting her mother to call police. Officers searched the area, but made no arrests, Pacifica police Capt. Dan Steidle said.

The girl said she was walking near Beach Boulevard and Santa Rosa Avenue when the suspect approached her and told her, "she was coming with him," Steidle said. She had been walking from the pier, where she was with family members who were fishing, to her mother's car.

But the girl said she refused to go with the man and instead punched him in the stomach when he tried to grab her; she got away and the suspect ran toward Palmetto Avenue, said Steidle. He added that the girl was walking with a young friend, who corroborated her story. Authorities haven't found any evidence which contradicts the girls' accounts.

Police said the suspect was a white man who appeared to be 30-40 years old, had brown hair and was about 6 feet tall. He had a tan complexion, a stocky build and wore blue jeans, black shoes and a red-checkered shirt.

"A crime like this doesn't know any jurisdictional boundaries. It could happen anywhere," Steidle said. "Which is why we really encourage parents to take the opportunity, when it's at the forefront of our minds, to educate their children."


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Anyone with information about the case can call Pacifica police at 650-738-7314.

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