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A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

A man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a child in Rancho Mirage Wednesday was taken into custody following a freeway pursuit that ended in Moreno Valley and involved sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers.

The unidentified suspect allegedly tried to kidnap the minor around 11:40 a.m. in the 36000 block of Bob Hope Drive, said sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect knew or randomly chose the victim.

The suspect’s vehicle, a silver SUV, was later spotted in the area. But he fled when deputies attempted to make a traffic stop, Vasquez said, triggering the pursuit that ended  around 1:30 p.m. on surface streets in Moreno Valley.

–City News Service

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