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* South San Francisco woman thwarted a kidnapping attempt near Spruce Avenue

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A woman thwarted a kidnapping attempt in South San Francisco on Saturday when she fended off the attacker and kicked him to the ground, police said. The woman was jogging north on Centennial Way, just north of South Spruce Avenue, at around 7:30 a.m. when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her by the waist, police said.

He said “You are coming with me,” in Spanish, according to police, but the woman broke away from his grip, turned toward him and kicked him to the ground. When he fell, she noticed a small utility knife in his hand, police said.

She ran north and escaped without injury. When she reported the incident to police on Wednesday, the woman described the suspect as a Hispanic man in his late 30s with a heavy build, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall with dark, slicked-back hair, brown eyes and large, round cheeks. He was wearing a black sweatshirt, black crew pants and black shoes.

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