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A 22-year-old woman in San Bernardino County, Calif., is being praised for using her cell phone to take pictures of a man who allegedly tried to snatch her off the street, then hiding inside a fast food restaurant after the man chased her, police say.
The woman told authorities she was targeted Wednesday afternoon in the city of Fontana.
"She was walking down the street when she noticed that someone was following her. She ducked inside a business to try and avoid this person that was following her," according to Lt. Mark Weissmann, Fontana Police. "She came out twenty minutes later, and noticed he was still following her. At some point while she was walking away the second time, he actually cut her off."
At first, the man was trailing her inside his blue 2010 Mitsubishi, investigators say. The woman reportedly became suspicious of his behavior; then, according to police reports, jumped out and chased her on foot. It was at that point that she took a picture of the suspect on her cell phone before running and hiding inside a nearby Carl's Jr.
"It's unbelievable," said Fontana resident Anna Marie Garcia. "I live down here. I have little ones, and I'm concerned now. I'm concerned because I didn't think it would happen right here. This is new to me."
The attempted kidnapper is a Hispanic man in a blue shirt. He's about 35 years old and weighs around 225 pounds.
"We don't want to take the chance and wait," Weissmann said. "We're hoping that somebody calls in who knows this individual or this vehicle, so we can put him where he belongs."
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Fontana Police Department Tip Line at (909) 350-TIPS.
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