Police Release Image Of Attempted Kidnapping Suspects’ Vehicle

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SACRAMENTO -- It's a bright, beautiful Friday afternoon, but families in one East Sacramento neighborhood say an undeniable shadow's been cast over what they once saw as a perfectly safe place to be.

Now, instead of play dates, parents are discussing a surveillance image just released by city police and tied to Wednesday's attempted kidnapping in the area.

It's a picture of the dark gray, early 2000 model Volkswagen Jetta thought to be carrying an armed man and the other suspect who tried to grab a 13-year-old girl as she walked to school near 45th and M streets.

(Courtesy: Sacramento Police Department)

A sketch image of the suspect was released by the Sacramento Police Department.

The whole situation has moms rethinking what they've taught their kids about staying safe.

Serena Renehan is mom to 4-year-old Jude and says they haven't had the "talk": about strangers.

"No, not yet. We were actually talking about that earlier like maybe we should do more to talk to them. They seem young and they seem like they wouldn't have to deal with those problems at this time, but I guess it's always good to talk to them about strangers," she said.

"We've received a lot of tips from the community, but we need a little bit more. Unfortunately that's the best still photo that we have of the suspect vehicle, so anyone who may have information on maybe a partial plate or anything related to this incident would be beneficial," said Officer Traci Trapini with the Sacramento police department.

The image officers have released came from home surveillance cameras.

They are checking intersection cameras managed by the police department to see if any clearer pictures were captured Wednesday.