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Police are investigating a kidnapping attempt that took place late Saturday near the Berkeley border in Albany.

At about 11:10 p.m., police responded to reports of an attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl near Neilson Street and Sonoma Avenue, said Albany Police Lt. Daniel Adams.

Police said a man tried to force the teenager into his parked pickup truck, which was occupied by a second individual, as she walked by.

The girl resisted the attempt, and the man drove away.

Neighbors “were alerted to the situation by the noise of the struggle,” and called police, according to a statement released Sunday by the Albany Police Department. 

Adams said detectives were called in to work the case overnight.

There were several attempted kidnappings reported in Berkeley in September and October, but Adams said, regarding Saturday night’s incident, “we don’t have any information that connects it to any other cases at this point.”

Authorities described the man as Hispanic, in his early to mid-40s, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and short dark hair, and a short stubble beard.

The truck was a white pickup in good condition, and had some items in the bed.

Adams said police are interviewing witnesses and trying to identify the man and the vehicle.

Authorities ask members of the public with information about this crime to call the Albany Police Department at 510-525-7300.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...