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Suspects in Encinitas attempted kidnapping face arraignment

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Vista (NEWS 8) - Two men suspected of attempting to abduct a 15-year-old  girl near Grandview Surf Beach in Encinitas pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony  charges.  

 Christopher White, 27, and Jeremiah Owens, 28, were ordered held without  bail by Superior Court Judge David Danielsen. The two men are accused of assault and attempted kidnap with intent to commit rape.

 According to the Sheriff's Department, the victim was waxing her  surfboard in front of her family's home in the 1600 block of Neptune Avenue in  Encinitas about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when a slim man in board shorts grabbed her  from behind, tackled her and pinned her to the ground. The victim told deputies that one of the men came up from behind her and threw her to the ground and tried dragging her to a truck before she fought herself free.

A neighbor was able to provide a description of the suspects’ truck to deputies and it was located on Friday just a few miles away from where the alleged assault took place.

Deputies pulled White over and took him into custody two days later in  Encinitas after a witness reported seeing a pickup truck matching the  description of the one used by the suspects. Owens was arrested several hours  later in Escondido.  

 They face nine years in prison if convicted of attempted kidnapping for  rape, assault with intent to commit rape, contact with a minor with the intent  of committing a sexual offense and false imprisonment.  

 The judge scheduled a readiness conference for Aug. 10 at the Vista  Courthouse, and a preliminary hearing on Aug. 15.


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