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Cops on lookout for transvestite who tried to abduct toddler

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities asked the public Wednesday for help in tracking down an odd-looking, possibly cross-dressing man who tried to grab a 2-year-old boy from his mother in a City Heights alley.

The woman was holding hands with her two toddler sons, ages 2 and 3, while walking along the access road off the 4000 block of 36th Street when the man approached them from behind about 3:15 p.m. Monday, according to San Diego police.

The stranger, described by the mother as wild-haired, unkempt and wearing women's clothing, grabbed the younger child by the arm and tried to pull him away, SDPD Lt. Andra Brown said. As the mother struggled with the would-be kidnapper, he said "`let him go" in Spanish, according to Brown. The woman then yelled for help, at which point the man released the boy and ran off to the north through the alley, then fled east on Polk Avenue.

Witnesses described the assailant as a dark-skinned, roughly 5-foot-8-inch, 180-pound black man in his early to mid-30s, with an afro hairstyle that may have been a wig, a 1-inch scar above his right eyebrow and a very distinctive set of raised dots on his forehead in the pattern of an inverted chevron. The bumps possibly were scar tissue, or implants of some kind, Brown said.

He was dressed in a blue V-neck shirt with pink trim at the neck and buttons down the front, black pants and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information abut the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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