School district: Student fights off would-be kidnapper

Posted at 4:10 PM, Aug 31, 2017

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - An Orange Glen High School student claimed to fight off a would-be kidnapper while walking to school Thursday.

The 15-year-old female student was walking just after 7:30 a.m. when the suspect grabbed the student, Escondido Union High School District officials said. The student was able to fight off the suspect and run away.

No injuries to the teen were reported.

District officials said the student got ahold of people nearby, who followed the suspect and were able to catch a photo of him.

Escondido Police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Edgar Gutierrez Gutierrez of Escondido. With the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s San Diego Fugitive Task Force, Gutierrez was located in the City of San Diego at about 6:15 p.m. and taken into custody. 

EUHSD reminded students to always walk in groups to school and be aware of their surroundings.