San Mateo police seek man suspected of trying to abduct girls


San Mateo police detectives are asking the public’s help in tracking down a man who tried to abduct a 14-year-old girl in late September and who detectives believe may have also tried to abduct another teenage girl in a separate incident.

(San Mateo Police)

The man is described as Middle Eastern in appearance, in his late fifties or early sixties, unshaven, with an average build and slicked-back black-and-gray hair.

He was last seen wearing a gray and blue T-shirt, according to police. On Sept. 27, the 14-year-old girl told officers she was on Peninsula Avenue near San Mateo Drive on her way to San Mateo High School when a man in a white utility van honked at her.

The man got out of the van and grabbed the girl by the shoulder, pulling her toward him, police said.

She kicked the man and ran home, then called police. A similar event that happened Sept. 18 in the vicinity of Delaware Street and Peninsula Avenue was reported by a 16-year-old girl, according to police.

A man matching the description of the attempted kidnapping suspect offered the girl a ride home, police said.

She refused and left without any further contact with him.

Police are increasing uniformed patrols around schools and areas where children might congregate, and are asking anyone with information about the two events to call Detective Roberto Gonzalez at (650) 522-7668 or

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