Attempted kidnappings in Hayward

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COURTESY/HAYWARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Shannon Stroud,
Metro Editor

Police are investigating three attempted kidnappings in Hayward over the last six weeks.

The most recent attack happened March 27 when a 16-year-old girl walking home from Hayward High School, on Walpert Street and Fletcher Lane, was grabbed by an unidentified male and pushed into the backseat of a white four-door car. The young woman was able to fight back and escape uninjured.

“We are still investigating different aspects of these cases, but as of today [April 1] there are no new updates,” said Sergeant Tasha Decosta, a media contact for the Hayward Police Department.

Two similar kidnapping attempts happened prior to March 27. The first one was on Feb. 20, when a 14-year-old girl walking home from Tennyson High School on Joshua Street was grabbed by a man with a four-door vehicle grabbed her. She escaped without any injury.

On March 6, a 15-year-old girl, was walking home from Tennyson High school on Whitman Street when she was grabbed by a male, associated with a white four door vehicle, and pushed into the back seat. She fought off her attacker and escaped without injury.

In the most recent attack, the victim described the alleged perpetrator as possibly Hispanic or Middle Eastern, wearing shorts and a hooded sweatshirt. In the second and third attacks, the victims described the suspect as having a beard with no mustache.

Anyone with information on the cases is encouraged to contact Detective Eric Mulhern at (510) 293-3436.