A Coachella man was arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap a 15-year-old girl in Thermal, authorities said Sunday.

The victim was walking home in the 55000 block of Calhoun Street at about 3 p.m. Tuesday when a man approached her, grabbed her from behind and attempted to pull her into his vehicle, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The girl was able to escape and run home. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained during the struggle.

The suspect was later identified as Christian Daniel Arreola, 19, of Coachella. Arreola was located at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at his residence in the 85400 block of Heather Lane. He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping with the intent of committing a sexual act and committing an assault with the intent of committing a sexual act.

Anyone with information about the incident was encouraged to contact Investigator Glasper of the sheriff’s Thermal station at 760-863-8950. Anonymous tips can be submitted to 760-341-7867.

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