Long Beach Police Seek Public Help to Solve Possible Kidnapping of Girl

LONG BEACH (CNS) - Long Beach police sought public help today to solve the possible kidnapping of a teenage girl.

Officers sent to Long Beach and Artesia boulevards about 6:20 a.m. today "regarding a possible kidnapping," the Long Beach Police Department reported.

"The calling party said they saw a (man) grab a female ... 13-16 years old by her waist and put her in the front seat of (a) van," police said.

The man was described as black, in his 30s, 6 feet tall, with a heavy build. He was wearing a red-and-white baseball cap; a white/red/orange horizontal striped polo shirt; a white T-shirt underneath the polo short and hanging below the bottom of the polo shirt; and light blue jean shorts past the knee.

The girl was described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, with a thin build and short hair. She was wearing a black zip-up hoodie, and tight black pants.

The van was described as a white 1996-2000 Chevrolet Express passenger van that had "windows all around," police said.

"The window behind the driver has a sun-shade with an upside-down Honda logo,'' police said. "The back window of the van has a red `temporary registration card' with a white No. 6 on it. The plate on the vehicle is a decorative plate with `FMU' on it, possibly white and red."

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call 911; police detectives at (562) 570-7244; or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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