SAN JOSE -- One day after a stranger tried to pry a 2-year-old girl from her mother's arms in the front yard of their home, police on Wednesday continued their investigation and released and artist's sketch of the suspect.

As of Wednesday, there were no suspects in the attempted kidnapping in San Jose.

"Somebody who is as brazen as he was in attempting to take away the innocence of a 2-year-old who is defenseless, in front of her mother, it is something that disturbs everyone," police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said.

The incident happened at about 5:37 p.m. Tuesday, when the woman called police and reported that a man she'd never met approached her family in the front yard of their home on Dayo Court. The woman was outside with her two young girls when a man walked up to them and made a strange comment directed at the 2-year-old girl, according to Morales.

The mother told police she felt very uneasy about the comment and scooped up her 2-year-old daughter and began to go inside with both children, Morales said.

The woman told police that the man then grabbed the tot's legs and tried to pull her away, but the mother struggled and was able to break free and go into her home to call 911 as the man took off. The child's shoes were pulled off during the struggle, Morales said.

The woman described the stranger as Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, wearing a red baseball hat, bluejeans, and a white or light-colored shirt with yellow stripes. She said he smelled of motor oil, and he was last seen walking south on Pavan Drive.


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"It's a very disturbing situation," Morales said. "It's very scary for the mother. It's not something we see in San Jose very often."

Anyone with information about the attempted abduction are asked to call police at 408-277-4166. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @markmgomez.