Irvine police Monday released surveillance video of a man attempting to drag an employee of a Woodbury Town Center store by the hair into a storage room.

Investigators hope someone recognizes the suspect in the video and calls police with his identity.

The attempted kidnapping happened just before 7:20 p.m. Saturday at the Mon Beau Bebe store at 6226 Irvine Blvd., according to Kim Mohr of the Irvine Police Department.

The video captured a short interaction between the suspect and the woman. As she looked away for a moment, he grabbed her by the hair and tried to drag her into the storage room. The woman struggled with the man, and when she told him the store had surveillance cameras, he let her go and fled, Mohr said.

The suspect is an Asian man in his 40s with a medium height and build. He was wearing plaid shorts, a white short-sleeve shirt, tennis shoes and eyeglasses.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect was asked to call Detective Ed Kim at (949) 724-7179 or via email at ekim@cityofirvine.org, or Detective Keith Herter at (949) 724-7183, kherter@cityofirvine.org.

–City News Service

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