Detectives Search for Two Kidnapping Suspects Victim Screamed for Help as Suspects Tried to Grab Her NR13180rf

May 31, 2013

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Division detectives are seeking two suspects who attempted to kidnap a woman on the street.

Around 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 21, 2013, two men approached a woman on the street in the area of Firmament Avenue and Vanowen Street on the pretense of asking her for directions.  As the victim walked away, both suspects suddenly grabbed her arms and tried to force her into their car.  Fearing for her life, the woman screamed for help, was able to pull away from the suspects and ran away eastbound on Vanowen Street.  At that point, the suspects abandoned their efforts and drove away northbound on Firmament Avenue.  

The suspects’ car has been described as a 2005 to 2008 grey Lexus suburban utility vehicle, model RX330 with unknown license plates.

Suspect one is described as a 25- to 30-year-old male Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes.  He stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black trench coat, black pants and black and grey shoes.   Suspect two is described as a 40- to 50-year-old male Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes.  He stands 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans with a black and green shirt.

Anyone with information concerning this incident, especially the identities and locations of the suspects, is asked to contact LAPD Van Nuys Division Detective Alvarez at (818) 374-0040. During non-business hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at (877) LAPD 247 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.