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* Orinda Police Increase Patrols After Attempted Kidnapping

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Orinda police are patrolling paths to and from city schools after a local teen said a man tried to kidnap her. A 15-year-old Orinda girl told police she was walking her dog the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 5, near the 100 block of El Toyonal, when a man in a car approached her, said Sgt. Neil Rafanan. The man told her to get in the car. The girl refused. He then attempted to grab her, but she fought him off and escaped, Rafanan said.

The suspect is described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s with chest-length dreadlocks and a thin mustache. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and a black hooded sweatshirt, and was driving an older black four-door sedan, Rafanan said. The victim said she did not know the suspect. The Orinda Police Department notified other police stations in the region, but has not received word of any similar attacks. “As far as we know, this is an isolated incident,” Rafanan said. Police patrols will continue for “as long as possible,” he said. Anyone with information regarding the incident can call the Orinda Police Department dispatch line at (925) 284-5010.

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