NATIONAL CITY (CNS) - A man was in a hospital under police guard today and expected to face a slate of felony charges for allegedly making a failed attempt to kidnap two teenage girls on a South Bay roadside before lying down in a traffic lane and getting run over by a car.
The 18-year-old San Diego man may have been under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug when he allegedly got out of his BMW sedan at East Plaza Boulevard and South Harbison Avenue in National City and went after the 13- and 14-year-old cousins at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, according to police.
The girls, who were on their way home from a walk to a neighborhood 7-Eleven store, ran off as the man, whose name was not immediately released, gave chase.
Catching up to the victims, the would-be kidnapper grabbed the younger one, at which point the older girl pushed her out of the way and began grappling with him, according to Sgt. Julian Villagomez.
As the man hit her and tried to pull her away, the teen held on to a fence and screamed, attracting the attention of relatives in the residence, according to the sergeant.
At that point, a group of family members ran outside and chased off the assailant. The man suddenly got down onto the pavement near his car, which he had left in the middle of the street, and was run over by a northbound vehicle, according to Villagomez.
Despite his injuries, the suspect got up and sprinted away again. He fled into a nearby fast-food restaurant, closely followed by the girls' relatives, who held the doors of the business shut until police arrived, Villagomez said.
The man, who allegedly fought with officers as they took him into custody, was transported to a trauma center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Upon his release from the hospital, the suspect is expected to face various charges, including battery, attempted kidnapping and molesting a minor, according to Villagomez.
The victims did not require medical care, though the "very brave" older girl was punched in the face while struggling with the assailant, according to the sergeant.
Villagomez declined to release the suspect's name pending his formal arrest.