Suspect Wanted For Attempted Kidnapping In Vista/Call 888-580-8477 To Report Information Anonymously

Suspect Wanted For Attempted Kidnapping   

Up to $1,000 Reward

vista attempted kidnapping suspect

Tuesday, January 23, 2013


San Diego County Crime Stoppers and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Vista Station are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted kidnapping in Vista.


On January 10, 2013, at about 5:30 P.M., an 11- year-old boy was walking home from school on South Melrose Drive near the Albertson’s Grocery Store, located at 1601 S. Melrose Drive, in Vista.  The boy believes he was being followed on foot by an unknown Hispanic male.  After walking for about half of a mile, the suspect suddenly chased after the boy.  The victim attempted to flee but was grabbed by his backpack.   The victim let the suspect take the backpack and continued running away. 


The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, between 30 to 40 years old with a dark complexion. He has a normal build with a double chin and pronounced ears.  The suspect was carrying a skateboard and was wearing dark jeans, a white long sleeve collared shirt with rainbow stripes, and black “baseball batting” gloves.


Anyone with information on the identity and location of the suspect is asked to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via


  • Media inquiries about the case can be directed to Detective Mike Hamerschlag at (760) 940-4905.
  • Media inquiries about Crime Stoppers can be directed to either Officer James Johnson at (619) 531-1500 or Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547.


For information leading to an arrest, you could receive up to a $1,000 reward and remain anonymous.  The qualification of any person(s) for the reward and the amount of the reward for any person(s) so qualifying will be determined by San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Inc, in its sole discretion.  The amount of all rewards given shall not exceed $1,000.  Information must be received on the tip line, (888) 580-8477.