Mar 15, 2015 12:56 PM by News Staff
Shasta County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 14-year-old girl on a hiking trail Saturday night.
According to the sheriff's office, the alleged incident happened around 6:30 p.m. as the teen was searching for a friend along the Iron Mountain Trail Head in Keswick.
The girl told deputies she asked a stranger if he'd seen her friend, and he then told her he had, and could lead her in the right direction.
As the girl was walking with the man, he got behind her and put his hand over her mouth while grabbing her by the neck with his other hand. The girl managed to spin out of his grasp and ran in the opposite direction screaming for help. She was able to escape the alleged attempt with just a few scratches on her neck.
The girl's friend, also a 14-year-old female heard the screams and came to her aid.
The suspect was seen running from the area, and deputies with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol helicopter conducted an extensive search of the area, but failed to locate the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white man with short brown hair, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, between 30 and 40 with a medium-to-heavy build, he was wearing a red jacket or hoodie and blue jeans.
Anyone who may have seen the suspect in the area Saturday is asked to call the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.
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