Update at the end of this post includes a photo of the type of car the attacker drove.
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 17, 8:09 A.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department has released a sketch of a man who abducted a 6-year-old girl outside an apartment complex Sunday evening, drove her to a parking lot where he sexually assaulted her and then returned her to her neighborhood before driving off.
Witnesses described the Latino as heavy set, 5 feet 7 and in his 30s to 40s. He drove a charcoal gray two-door sedan.
The girl and a 4-year-old boy were playing outside apartments in the 1400 block of South
Townsend near Edinger Avenue between 6-6:30 p.m. Sunday when the stranger danger arrived, in the form of the man who you can get a larger look at here:
He told the girl he had something to give her mother before grabbing the 6-year-old and driving her south on
*Townsend onto Edinger, according to police. (*corrected)
They eventually arrived at the unknown parking lot where the assault took place. The boy told the girl's family about the abduction, which prompted a neighborhood search. She was dropped off and found by neighbors about two hours after she was taken.
Cops are hoping someone recognizes the man in the artist's sketch or has additional information that can help lead to his arrest. Call 714.245.8665 if that is you.
View Larger MapUPDATED, JULY 19, 12:07 P.M.: The kidnapping and sexual attack of the 6-year-old girl Sunday evening has riled up residents of the apartments at South Townsend and Edinger avenues in Santa Ana, where parents are demanding answers, nearby neighborhoods are being searched for the scum bag responsible and children are being kept inside on these warm summer days.
The Santa Ana Police Department released the photo above from the manufacturer of the type of car driven by the attacker, whose description is provided in the previous post. It is a silver late-1990s two-door Honda Civic, with a spoiler on the back, a moon roof, tinted windows and spoked alloy wheels.
Such a precise description came because neighbors out looking for the then-missing girl chased the Honda after she was seen being pushed out of the car, which sped off.
Police believe the car had been parked in several stalls throughout the apartment complex in the hours leading up to his snatching the girl.
Anyone with information is urged to call police detectives at 714.245.8665. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
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