ENCINITAS (CNS) - An 18-year-old woman fought off three would-be kidnappers who pulled her into a pickup truck in Encinitas Monday.
The woman was walking in the 500 block of Saxony Road toward Puebla Street about 1:30 p.m. when she noticed she was being followed by a small black truck with orange horizontal stripes near the fenders and gardening equipment in back, according to sheriff's Sgt. Arnold Aldana.
The driver pulled up alongside her and one of its male occupants, a thin, possibly juvenile male, got out and ordered her to get in, Aldana said.
She refused and the suspect pulled her into the truck, where the driver, a heavyset man between 30 and 40, and another man in his late 20s to early 30s were waiting, the sergeant said.
The woman punched the driver and bit another suspect, and they released her from the vehicle, Aldana said. She then ran to a nearby residence for help, he said.