Officials are looking for a man who reportedly attempted to kidnap a student early Tuesday morning as he was walking to St. Joseph High School in Orcutt.
At approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday, Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies responded to the area of Foster Road and Cedarhurst Drive for a report of an attempted kidnapping. A 15-year-old male was walking to the high school when he was reportedly approached from behind by an unknown man, officials said.
The man wrapped his arms around the teen's upper body, then trapped his arms, and pulled him backward. The man dragged the teen for 10 to 15 feet, officials said, while the juvenile kicked backward at the man's legs, trying to break free, according to officials.
The teen was able to kick his way free and get in contact with his sister, who called 911. The teen was not injured in the incident.
The man is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic adult, wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, green cargo shorts and standing at a height of about 5 feet 10 inches tall. The man had the hood of his sweater pulled over his head to hide his identity, officials said.
He is believed to be driving an older model, white pickup truck, possibly a Ford single cab. Deputies canvassed the area within minutes of the call but were not able to find any vehicles matching the description. Residents in the nearby area were also questioned, but deputies were unable to develop further leads, the county Sheriff's Office said.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the sheriff's Santa Maria substation at 934-6150. To leave an anonymous tip, call 681-4171.
Sheriff's officials also advise residents in the area and students who attend school in that area to remain vigilant and call 911 if they see any suspicious people and/or activities.
The student in the case also is to be commended for making a scene and making every effort to escape, officials said.