Police still searching for attackers

January 10, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police here were continuing to search today for suspects who attacked a 13-year-old girl walking near a park Tuesday.

Police have released composite sketches of the attackers.

The girl was attacked in what police are now calling a possible attempted kidnapping as she walked in the 500 block of Andrade Avenue near a retention basin known as Milpitas Park about 6:30 p.m.

Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr said a black Nissan Maxima approached the girl. Two men got out of the vehicle, jumped on the girl and forced her to the ground.

The girl screamed, alerting neighbors who came out of their homes.

When the suspects saw neighbors they got back into their vehicle, which had a Baja California license plate, and drove from the scene. The car had tinted windows, a sunroof and spoiler on the back.


Witnesses reported seeing two other people in the car but those two never exited the vehicle.

The two who attacked the girl were described as Hispanic. One was thought to be 18 to 20 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds with medium complexion, severe acne, a thin mustache and dark eyes. He was wearing a white nylon hair net at the time, a white T-shirt, gray baggy shorts and white tennis shoes.

The second attacker was described as 6 feet tall, 20 to 25 years old, weighing 160 to 180 pounds with a medium brown complexion, a goatee and dark eyes. He was wearing a black T-shirt with a pocket, black jeans and black tennis shoes with white stripes.

On Tuesday following the attack, Mexican authorities aided in the investigation by checking all vehicles entering Mexico through the downtown Port of Entry.

Police said the car and suspects may be linked to a robbery in the city two weeks earlier, when a man was beaten and his money taken.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the cases contact 768-2140.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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