Man tries to kidnap teen on way to school in Orcutt

A 15-year-old boy fought off an attacker and narrowly avoided being kidnapped while walking to school Wednesday morning in Orcutt. The prospective kidnapper then evaded capture.

About 8 a.m., the teen was walking in the area of Foster Road and Cedarhurst Drive on his way to St. Joseph’s High School. A man approached him from behind and put his arms around the upper body of the teen, trapping the boy’s arms and pulling him backwards, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

The man dragged the teen for 10 to 15 feet while the boy was kicking backwards at the attacker’s legs. The teen managed to kick his way free and run to his adult sister who called 911. He escaped the attack without suffering any injuries.

Authorities describe the suspect as a dark skinned Hispanic man who is about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and green cargo shorts and had the hood of his sweatshirt pulled over his head in order to conceal his identity.

Investigators believe the suspect was driving an older model white pickup truck that was possibly a Ford single cab. Deputies canvassed the area within minutes of the 911 call, but they did not locate any matching vehicles.

Sheriff’s officials say residents and students in the area should remain vigilant and call 911 to report suspicious activity or people. Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s Santa Maria station at (805) 934-6150 or the anonymous tip-line at (805) 681-4171.