(FOX 11 / CNS) A man behind bars for allegedly trying to kidnap two girls in Compton may have tried to abduct other girls, and sheriff's detectives asked for the public's help today in identifying any other victims.
Ashley Price, 35, was arrested Friday and has been charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping to commit rape and one count of unlawfully taking a vehicle.
The crimes allegedly occurred October 1, according to sheriff's deputies. Price is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Compton.
A girl told authorities a man, who might have been driving a maroon Chevrolet Camaro with a T-top, tried to grab her about 7:20 a.m. as she walked to school near Atlantic Avenue and Compton Boulevard, according to deputies at the Compton station. Another attempted abduction occurred about 15 minutes later, deputies said.
A woman in a new gray Dodge Charger saw what was happening, stopped and pulled the suspect off of the girl, deputies said.
Detectives, who believe there could be other victims, asked anyone who has had a similar encounter to call them. They also want to talk to the woman who was driving the gray Charger. Detective Cynthia Sanchez can be reached at (310) 605-6532.
From Hal Eisner:
Arraignment is expected Wednesday at the Compton Courthouse for 35 year old Ashley Price. Price is accused of a pair of "strange crimes" last Tuesday. Detective Cynthia Sanchez alleges twice that day Price tried to grab two teenagers walking to school. First he grabbed one. She got away. Then 15 minutes later he attempted another as he chased her down. She got away. In the first one there was a good samaritan who jumped in to help her out. The girls gave descriptions that helped deputies put out fliers. Friday he was arrested. In talking with us Sanchez says she thinks there are probably more victims. "Why?" I asked. She says "because you just don't start snatching people if you haven't done it before."
Sanchez has interviewed the girls. She says they are okay, but were emotionally traumatized. And, if there are more victims out there Sanchez says call deputies at the Compton station.