Police searching for Pearlridge kidnapping suspectsUPDATED 6:38 PM HST Nov 21, 2013Video Transcript
Tonight police are searching for two suspects after a young girl says she was kidnapped outside of the Pearlridge Shopping Center. KITV4's Andrew Pereira joins us with new information tonight. ANdrew? Paula, police say the young girl was able to escape. She provided police a detailed description of each suspect. It's Monday evening at about 6:45 and two men apparently have more in mind than shopping at Pearlridge. Police say a young girl was walking through the covered parking area near Macy's when the two men grabbed her and shoved her into the back seat of a four-door vehicle. SGT. KIM BUFFETT: "SHE WAS RIDING IN THE CAR AND OBVIOUSLY HAD A CONFRONTATION WITH THEM, SO SHE DID GET A GOOD LOOK AT THEM." That good look resulted in these two sketches. One suspect is described as 20 to 30 years old, 5'2'' to 5'4'' inches tall with a slim build and short, black hair. He also had slight hair on his chin and was wearing a black T-shirt with a white Billabong logo. The second suspect is also 20 to 30 years old, again 5'2'' to 5'4'' inches tall with short, black hair and a slim, muscular build. He had a thick goatee and beard, and was wearing a white tank top and green and dark colored plaid board shorts. The girl says the men then drove her to the bicycle path near the Homeworld Furniture store across the street from the Pearlridge Shopping Center. ANDREW PEREIRA: "THIS BIKE PATH IS BLOCKED OFF ON EITHER SIDE BY METAL POLLS, WHICH MEANS THE SUSPECTS COULD NOT LEAVE THIS AREA IN THEIR VEHICLE. ONCE HERE, THE VICTIM TOLD POLICE SHE WAS ABLE TO BREAK FREE FROM HER CAPTORS." SGT. KIM BUFFETT: "SHE CALLED HER MOM WHO CALLED THE POLICE AND HELPED HER. WE CAN'T SPECULATE WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WITH HER, WE'RE JUST GLAD SHE WAS ABLE TO FIGHT THEM OFF AND GET AWAY." A homeless man who lives on the bike path didn't notice anything unusual Monday evening, and a review of security cameras at Homeworld did not turn up any evidence. Barbara Souki and Davelyn Silva often use the buddy system when they go shopping. BARBARA SOUKI: "DEFINITELY FRIGHTENING KNOWING THAT I SHOULDN'T BE AT THE MALL BY MYSELF, OR IF I DO COME TO THE MALL, COME WITH A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBERS." DAVELYN SILVA: "I MEAN IT'S JUST YOUR FOCUS AND BEING AWARE YOU KNOW, JUST KEEPING UP ON THE NOW OF WHAT'S GOING ON." Police are reviewing surveillance cameras at Pearlridge to see if they can spot the two men. Security at the mall is tight, and anyone can be escorted to their vehicle if they ask a security guard. BARBARA SOUKI: "I THINK THAT'S GREAT FOR SAFETY, FOR EVERYONE HERE AT THE MALL, CAUSE IT IS DARK AT NIGHT AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHO'S HIDING BEHIND ANYWHERE, A CORNER OR A CAR." The girl suffered minor injuries during her struggle with the two men. At this point, police don't have any reason to doubt the girl's story. Her age is NOT being released because she's a minor.