A 40-year-old man suspected of attempting to kidnap a 12-year-old girl in Moreno Valley was arrested, authorities announced Saturday.

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Moreno Valley station responded to the incident near the area of Dracaea Avenue and Graham Street on Jan. 18.

The girl was walking home from Sunnymead Middle School when the suspect, Arturo Ramirez Cisneros, allegedly stopped his green Toyota Tacoma near her. According to authorities, Cisneros pointed a handgun at her and told her in Spanish, “Get in the truck, I won’t hurt you.”

The girl ran away and got help from two civilians nearby. She was not injured during the incident.

Deputies located the suspect’s vehicle in the 24000 block of Webster Avenue on Friday and proceeded to arrest Cisneros.

The investigation was ongoing. Anyone with additional information regarding the incident was encouraged to contact investigator Newman at 951-486-6700.

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