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Would-Be Kidnapper Gets Faceful of Pepper Spray

The suspect was pepper-sprayed by his intended victim, driving off in a minivan following the kidnapping attempt in San Jacinto.

Sheriff's deputies in San Jacinto asked for the public's help Friday in identifying and finding a man who accosted a woman in San Jacinto and tried to force her into his minivan.

The woman pepper-sprayed her attacker, sending him scurrying back into his minivan following the attack about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Joey Nardone.

It was reported in the 200 block of West Main Street, Nardone wrote in a news release.

According to the sergeant, a man got out of the van and grabbed the woman's arm, ordering her into the van.

"Fearing for her safety, the victim pepper sprayed the suspect, who released her," the sergeant wrote.

The suspect drove off, though it was unclear how he could do so with the burning material in his eyes.

A search of the area -- deputies were assisted by a sheriff's helicopter crew -- yielded no results, the sergeant said.

The suspect is black, wore a beanie, a dark shirt and jeans; the minivan is dark-colored.

Anyone with information was asked to call the sheriff's San Jacinto station at 951 654-2702.

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