Photo courtesy San Diego Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff’s deputies sought Friday a man with face and neck tattoos who attempted to snatch an 11-year-old child off an Imperial Beach street.

A pickup truck in which the suspect was a passenger pulled up alongside an 11-year-old riding a scooter in the vicinity of 13th Street and Fern Avenue sometime between 5 and 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to a sheriff’s department bulletin. The passenger hopped out and attempted to grab the child, but backed down as the child escaped and ran off.

The child made it to a family member’s home nearby and was not hurt, authorities said.

The suspect was described as white, roughly 5 feet 11 and 180 pounds, with slick-back salt-and-pepper hair and a thick mustache. He had numerous tattoos including an eyeball in the middle of his forehead and a skull on his neck.

A description of the driver was not available, but the pickup truck was described as a lifted royal blue 2015 or 2016 Ford F-250.

Anyone with information on the suspect was asked to call the sheriff’s department at (858) 974-4200.

—City News Service

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