ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Orange County Sheriff's Department has arrested an Anaheim man for allegedly attempting to kidnap a teenage girl last month.
Andrew Pio, 31, of Anaheim was arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted kidnapping.
Back on March 31 at about 2:45 p.m., the Anaheim Police Department received several calls regarding a man who attempted to force a 13-year-old girl into a pickup truck near Magnolia High School in the 2600 block of West Ball Road.
The victim was identified as a student at Dale Jr. High School who was walking home. The girl saw the suspect sitting in a parked truck. He then got out of the vehicle, approached her, and shoved her into the passenger side of the truck.
Several people in the area who witnessed the terrifying encounter contacted authorities. A short time later, the suspect released the victim and drove away. The suspect's vehicle was described as a white pickup truck with a gray tool rack in the bed of the truck.
About a week after the incident, on April 8, police saw a man driving a pickup truck matching the suspect vehicle description in the city of Brea. When officers tried to pull the man over, a police chase ensued.
The chase lasted almost an hour, with the suspect traveling along the 57 and 5 freeways. The chase eventually ended on the 5 Freeway near the La Paz Road offramp.
Pio was arrested at the end of a pursuit. Following an investigation it was determined that Pio was in fact suspected of the March 31 kidnapping. Pio is currently being held at the City of Anaheim Jail on $600,000 bail.
The teen victim was not hurt in the Mar. 31 incident.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Anaheim PD Detective Jacob Medina at 714-765-1419 or OC Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
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