SAN JOSE -- Police said a man briefly kidnapped a 13-year-old girl Friday when he dragged her into a driveway in the Little Portugal neighborhood, and investigators are asking for the public's help in finding the culprit.
According to a police report, the girl was walking in the area of East St. James Street and North 33rd Street in the residential neighborhood about 6:10 a.m. Friday when the man came up to her and dragged her into the driveway of a home. The girl screamed, fought back and struggled with the man, who released her and then ran east on East St. James toward North King Road.
According to San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer, the girl was dragged 10 to 15 feet down a driveway, which meets the definition of kidnapping by law.
"I tell people they shouldn't focus on the distance, but whether or not it put the person in greater danger of harm," Dwyer said.
He said that could consist of a jogger being pulled into bushes, employees being forced into a backroom during a robbery, or being dragged down a residential driveway toward a more secluded location.
The man is described as a Latino male, 25-35 years old, 5-foot-10-inches tall, with a thin to medium build, black hair, brown eyes and mustache. He wore a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head, blue "Dickies" pants and brown work shoes with white paint on them. He spoke English.
Police released an artist's sketch of the man.
Anyone with information regarding this case are urged to contact Detective Enrique Garcia of the San Jose Police Department's Robbery Unit at 408-277-4166. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Silicon Valley CrimeStoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or may visit tipsubmit.com and may be eligible for a cash reward.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.
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