[symple_googlemap title=”Kidnapping attempt Monterey Park” location=”600 block of N. Orange Avenue, Monterey Park, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”16″]

A Baldwin Park man was in custody Tuesday on suspicion of trying to kidnap a 16-year-old girl in Monterey Park.

The abduction attempt occurred Thursday about 7:10 a.m. as the teen was walking to school in the 600 block of N. Orange Avenue, the Monterey Park Police Department reported.

Saul Villa Jr., 22, was arrested Saturday and booked on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to police.

Villa, whose held on $130,000 bail, was expected to be make his initial court appearance today at the Alhambra courthouse.

Villa allegedly drove up alongside the teen and tried to coax her to come with him. When she attempted to walk away, the suspect jumped out and grabbed the girl from behind and attempted to force her into the pickup truck, according to police.

He released her when she screamed, then got back into the truck and fled, prompting police to issue a plea for public help to find the suspect.

The truck’s owner saw a news story on the abduction attempt and contacted the police department to tell detectives that his vehicle had been stolen in the early morning hours of Dec. 3, police said.

Information about the truck was entered into the Statewide Stolen Vehicle System, and it was spotted in the 4700 block of Kenmore Avenue in Baldwin Park on Dec. 5 about 3 p.m.

The driver and his female passenger were detained by Baldwin Park officers, who contacted Monterey Park police. After further investigation, detectives identified Villa as the suspect wanted in the attempted kidnapping case and determined that his companion was not involved in the crime.

—Staff and wire reports

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