RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A 29-year-old man suspected of the attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl in Riverside's Arlanza neighborhood may have fled to Mexico to elude capture, police said today.
The attack was at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 6200 block of Rutland Avenue, south of Arlington Avenue.
Henry ``Oscar'' Mazariegos-Gonzalez of Riverside allegedly approached the girl from a parked vehicle as she walked on the sidewalk, grabbed her, tried to force her into his vehicle and struck her with a metal object, according to Officer Ryan Railsback of the Riverside Police Department.
The victim was able to fight off the suspect and run away and the suspect got into his vehicle and drove away, Railsback said.
Investigators used surveillance footage of the suspect vehicle to track down its owner, but determined the owner was not the suspect or involved in the kidnapping attempt, Railsback said.
Detectives later learned the suspect had borrowed the white Toyota Tundra and used it during the attack.
Police asked anyone with information about Mazariegos-Gonzalez's whereabouts was asked to contact Detective Christi Arnold at 951-353-7945 or carnoldriversideca.gov or Detective Brandi Merrill at 951-3537120 or bmerrillriversideca.gov. Anonymous tips can be emailed to rpdtipsriversideca.gov .