Girl escapes would-be kidnapper in Dinuba

The Dinuba Police Department is searching for a man who used a knife to try to force a girl into his car as she walked to school Thursday morning.

Dinuba police detective John Jobe said the girl, whose age was not released, was walking in the 1600 block of Davis Avenue around 7:45 a.m. when the man pulled up next to her and tried to lure her into his car. After she ignored him, the man got out of his car and tried to scare the girl with a small knife.

The girl ran from the man and made it back home, Jobe said. She told her parents, who reported the incident to police.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his early 40s. He was around 5 feet 9 inches tall and heavy set with a dark complexion, short black hair and a thin mustache and goatee. He was wearing a black V-neck T-shirt and khaki pants.

The man was driving a white, newer-model car — possible a Nissan. The car had black rims, four doors and tinted windows. It was last seen driving north in the 1400 block of Hayes Avenue.

The Dinuba Unified School District was notified of the incident and will alert parents, Jobe said.