AURORA, Colo. - Aurora Police have released a sketch of a man suspected of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl walking to Aurora Central High School.
The incident happened at about 8 a.m. Wednesday in the area of East 11th Avenue and North Ursula Street.
Police said an unidentified man drove up to the teen in a van, opened a sliding door and attempted to pull her into the vehicle.
The victim fought off her attacker and was able to escape. She then ran to Aurora Central and reported the incident to school officials, who notified police.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his early 20s, 5-feet-4 inches tall with a heavy build. He had short cropped hair with a scar near his left eyebrow.
Police said he was last seen wearing a black puffy winter-style jacket and navy blue and gray shorts.
The man was driving a white Chevy Astro Van with a sliding door on the driver side of the vehicle. It has a window on the back right side and the rear doors are welded shut, officers said.
Aurora Police said they will be stepping up patrols in the area and are encouraging parents to have a discussion with their children about personal safety.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Sergeant Marc Paolino at 303-739-6120 or Detective Sgt. Bob Wesner at 303-739-6093.
Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). They can also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then use the title DMCS and enter your message. Tipsters may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.