Crime

Attempted kidnapping in Oakhurst

At about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 22, two men attempted to kidnap a teenage girl along Highway 41 near the High Sierra RV Park in Oakhurst.

The girl had stopped to take pictures of the sunset, when two men rushed her from a nearby area where they had been hiding. One suspect grabbed the girl by the arm and lifted her off the ground while stating that they intended to kidnap her.

The girl was able to kick the suspect several times and aggressively resisted his attempt to overpower her. She was ultimately able to break free from his grasp, and then fled to her home. Her father immediately called the sheriff's office upon hearing what had occurred.

The teenage victim described the two suspects as white males dressed in all black clothing. The suspect who grabbed her is at least six feet tall with a heavy muscular build with brown eyes and at the time of the attack had a Mohawk style haircut. The other male is also about six feet tall with a smaller build.

Sheriff's detectives have interviewed a number of witnesses as well as several persons of interest. Additional follow up investigation is currently underway.

“I commend the victim in this case for her resolve and courage in preventing herself from being taken,” said Sheriff Jay Varney. “We are continuing to follow up on this case and the earlier kidnap attempt case from the Madera Ranchos area, and whether they are related.”

Authorities believe the crime may be connected to another attempting kidnapping attempt which occurred three days earlier near the Madera Ranchos.

According to Sheriff’s deputies, On Jan. 20, a late model black colored mini-van pulled up alongside a teenager when an unidentified male subject exited the van, grabbed the teenager, and attempted to force her into the van. The girl (whose name is not being released) managed to escape.

The suspect is described as a male adult wearing all black clothing and a black ski mask. The driver of the van was described as a female who was wearing all black clothing.

The incident occurred near Manon Avenue and Road 35 1-2 in Madera County. The incident took place in the early evening hours on Tuesday.

If you have any information about the suspects or the black colored van you are urged to call the Madera County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 675-7770.

- Madera County

Sheriff’s Department

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