OAKLAND -- Police have released a sketch of the man investigators believe tried to kidnap a 19-year-old woman last week.
At 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, police said, the woman was walking in the 200 block of 17th Street when she was approached by a stranger, who came from between two parked cars, grabbed her and wrapped both of his arms around her. He told her he had a gun but a weapon was not seen.
Police said the man dragged the woman down the sidewalk and in the process both fell to the ground, causing him to lose his grip on her. She got free and ran away and was not seriously injured.
The man also ran away.
Police said the suspect is an African-American man in his mid-20s to early 30s, standing 5 foot 7 or 5 foot 8 and weighing about 180 pounds, with a medium skin complexion. He was wearing a gray hooded parka and dark pants. He smelled of cigarettes, police said.
Oakland Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information should call the youth and family services unit at 510-238- 3641 or a tip line at 510-637-0298.