The Elk Grove Police Department issued the following update on what was thought to be an attempted kidnapping attempt. It is now a robbery investigation.
Update- Here is what we know at this time. As the suspect emerged from his vehicle and encountered the juvenile in an attempt to steal the victim’s phone, he grabbed the victim and a very brief struggle ensued as the victim did not immediately surrender the phone. There was no overt attempt to drag the victim to the vehicle. The suspect was eventually successful in gaining control of the cell phone, immediately returned to the vehicle and the vehicle sped off. Based on the investigation, the robbery of the phone appears to be the primary motive in the case.
Detectives are actively following up on more information and not ruling out any additional crimes that may have been committed during that incident. The investigation is active and ongoing. Detectives are actively following up on more information. As this investigation unfolds and more information becomes available, we will share it with you.
According to police, the juvenile victim was walking and using a cell phone when the suspect grabbed the victim. The victim began screaming and the suspect released the victim, grabbed the victim’s cell phone and then ran to an awaiting vehicle. The suspect and the vehicle then drove north on Laguna Park towards Laguna Blvd.
The suspect was described as an African American male 18-25 wearing a light-colored jacket and dark colored pants. The suspect vehicle was described as a light-colored four-door sedan.
Elk Grove police officers will increase patrols in the area today and are still investigating.
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