The San Luis Police Department is searching for the man who kidnapped a teen girl Tuesday morning as she was walking to school.
“We would like for our community to call the police department if they see anything or anyone suspicious,” said Sgt. Ernesto Lugo with the SLPD public affairs unit.
According to SLPD, the kidnapping happened at about 7:30 a.m. in the 600 block of 10th Avenue in San Luis, Ariz., when a man driving a blue minivan offered a 14-year-old girl a ride to school.
The man, believed to be in his 40s, was unknown to the victim. SLPD did not provide any further description.
The girl accepted the offer and entered the van. Once inside, the man covered the girl's face with a rag. The rag contained an unknown chemical that caused the girl to lose consciousness.
The girl awoke about one hour later after the man dropped her off near her home. SLPD was then contacted about the incident and opened an investigation.
There were no reports of any serious injuries to the girl, and “it does not appear that she was sexually assaulted,” Lugo said.
SLPD did not provide information about the kidnapping to the public for well over 24 hours because investigators had to first verify it had actually happened, said Sgt. Victor Figueroa, who is leading the investigation.
“We have to make sure there is something we really have to investigate and we are not receiving a false report.”
SLPD encourages the public to contact them immediately if they have any information about the identity of the kidnapper or of his whereabouts. Those who see a man in a blue minivan acting suspiciously should write down the license plate number but not approach the vehicle.
Those with any information about this incident can call Sgt. Figueroa at 341-2420.