Friday, March 31, 2023

12-Year-Old Girl Fights Off Attempted Kidnapper in Santa Rosa— Reward Offered for Suspect’s Identity


The following is a press release issued by the Santa Rosa Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

On Monday, March 7, 2022, at 8:30 AM, Santa Rosa Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of Calistoga Road and Piedmont Drive regarding an attempted kidnapping.

SRPD officers contacted the victim and her family. The victim is a 12-year-old female who lives in the neighborhood. The victim was walking on Calistoga Rd, to a local elementary school. Near the intersection of Calistoga Road and Piedmont Drive, a vehicle driving southbound Calistoga Road did a U-turn and pulled over to the east curb. The driver/suspect then opened the front passenger door, threatened the victim, and tried to pull her into his vehicle. The victim was able to fight the suspect off and run back to her home. The suspect was last seen driving northbound Calistoga Road. The victim was not physically injured.

The suspect’s description: a white male adult in his late-40s or early-50s, 5’8” (approx.), thin build, balding with a beard. He was wearing a tan shirt with an unknown emblem on the left side of the chest and torn blue jeans.

The suspect’s vehicle: an older black BMW, four-door sedan with no front license plate.

Detectives continue to work on this investigation and need the public’s assistance. Anyone who witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact SRPD immediately at 707-528-5222. If you live in the neighborhood of Calistoga Road and Piedmont Drive and have surveillance cameras, please check footage from this morning and see if you captured any useful images or videos. If you locate footage or images, please contact the SRPD Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Team at 707-543-3595. Community members can also use the SRPD online Tip Line:

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered by the Sonoma County Alliance Community Engagement and Safety Rewards Fund. The reward is for information leading to the arrest of the suspected kidnapper in this investigation.

The Santa Rosa Police Department is working directly with schools in the area to provide additional security during school dismissals and the next several mornings. The Santa Rosa Police Department and school administrators are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students. SRPD continues to work collaboratively with school administrators to keep youth safe.

SRPD case number 22-2588.



  1. I’m absolutely glad the young girl was able to get away and go home. Buuut why was she close enough for him to try and pull her into the car? Or did he get out and confront her? I mean the article says he pulled up to her and threatened her and tried to pull her in. So it really makes me wonder. This is why it’s important for you to teach your children to not approach a car they don’t know. And keep walking or turn around and walk the other way. This world is crazy and we need to be aware and teach our kids to be aware.

  2. I would hope the Police would be going Door to door looking for footage from cameras in the area. That young lady is to be commended for fighting and running. I am a person who has a hard time even killing a spider and has even carried them out side to let them go. If I ran into a man doing something like that it is the one situation when I could find myself truly loosing control and not able to stop myself from doing great harm.

    • Because this guy doesn’t think about privacy. He has posted pictures of vehicle accidents where someone died before next of kin was notified.

    • Simple Linda, the Santa Rosa Police Department thought it important that neighbors and parents associated with that school know what happened close to their home. And just to be accurate, they did not name the school. If this sort of thing happened near your home, wouldn’t you want to know?

  3. Late Monday afternoon, around 4:30 pm, I drove up to the Municipal Park in Ukiah, and almost immediately I notice a similar size and age man just gazing at the playground area from a distance, no connections made with anyone else there, so do not believe he was parent or grandparent. I actually took a photo in case there was any kidnapping reported, just to be on the safe side before I left. Should I try to give photo to any police department, or send to you?

    • Give it to UPD! Men loitering around children’s playgrounds without a child accompanying them could be considered suspicious .

  4. Stranger abduction is rare, most children are harmed by family members or authority figures. When they speak out they are not believed. This is epidemic in the USA

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