Police investigate attempted kidnapping
Police investigators are hoping for more information on a suspect in an attempted kidnapping of a South Lake Tahoe woman Sunday.
The 21-year-old woman was walking home from work around 10:30 p.m. on Shepherds Drive near Rocky Point Road when a man parked his car and walked up to her.
The man, described as a slender white male in his mid 30s, with dark wavy blonde hair, ordered the woman at gunpoint to get in his car. The woman ran to a nearby house, where the residents let her in and phoned the South Lake Tahoe police. The woman was not injured and the man fled the scene in a 80s faded red Subaru- or Datsun-type station wagon.
Detective Larry Olsen said the case bears a resemblance to a kidnapping and rape that occurred in South Lake Tahoe in December of 1995. A 21-year-old El Salvadorian woman was kidnapped by two white men while walking on Ski Run Boulevard. She was driven to a unknown location, tied up and sexually assaulted. She escaped the next morning. A juvenile, who accepted a ride with a man, was raped and then released the next day. The girl was picked up in Stateline while waiting for the bus and driven to Industrial Avenue pass the “Y” area. She was assaulted and then pushed out of the car.
Police said citizens should be alert for suspicious persons or vehicles, especially when walking alone after dark, and should try to walk with a companion.
Anyone with information on the suspect or vehicle is asked to contact Detective Olsen or Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.
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