Hayward police searching for suspect in kidnapping attempt

HAYWARD, Calif. (KTVU) - Hayward police say a 15-year old girl was grabbed by a man as she walked home from school Friday afternoon.

Police say at 4:10 p.m. the girl was walking on the 24000 block of Whitman Street when she spotted a man standing next to a white 4-door sedan.

As she passed, police say the man assaulted her.

"He was attempting to put her in the back seat," said Hayward Police Sergeant Mark Ormsby, "she was able to fight him off and she was able to separate herself from him and ran."

The suspect is described as a white male adult, 20's, tan completion with a scruffy short beard. The teenager said he was 5'6" to 5'7" tall, with squared prescription glasses, and hazel eyes.

He was wearing a gray shirt, black knee length shorts, orange athletic socks, and sandals.

Police say the car was possibly a newer model Honda Civic with paper plates.

The description matches an assailant in another attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl in Hayward on February 20th.

"It concerns us this could be a repeat criminal that's out there," said Sgt. Ormsby, "We're very concerned for particular ages from 12 to 17 years old that may be walking home alone."