The hunt is on for a man who tried to snatch two young girls in the East Bay.
Pinole police were alerted to the situation Friday afternoon after a pair of sisters escaped the attempted abduction while wallking their dog. Maria, 10 and her 5-year-old sister were walking near a neighborhood park along Sunnyview Drive and Nob Hill Avenue when, Maria says, the man tried to snatch the younger girl.
"I wasn't really thinking of anything, I was just trying to get my sister back," the brave girl told us.
Maria told police the man circled the block a couple times driving a Jeep before he stopped and tried to kidnap her sister through the vehicle's car window. Maria grabbed her sister by the shirt and pulled her back from the would-be kidnapper's grip then used her cell phone to call for help.
Linda Kettering, the girls' grandmother, said the man told the girls he "had a gun and he was going to kill their parents and they were going to come live with him."
Maria is working with police now to help develop a sketch of the man. She says he was an older man with a gray goatee and a missing tooth on the upper left side of his mouth. He was driving a green Jeep with possible damage to the left headlight and a rear-mount spare tire with "JEEP" printed on the cover. The license plate was blue and white had a letter G and number 5 in it, according to the young girl.
Anyone with information about man or the vehicle is asked to call Pinole police.