May 6, 2013 1:25 PM by Kassandra Lau

Kidnapping suspect appears in video court, held on $500,000 bond

TUCSON - A 15-year-old girl escaped an attempted kidnapping on the eastside Sunday afternoon, according to Tucson police.

Police officers arrested Alberto Martinez, 22, and booked him on attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault charges.

According to Sgt. Maria Hawke, police suspect Martinez grabbed the girl from behind as she was walking toward a bus stop in the 1400 block of North Wilmot Road.

The girl told police she had left a nearby condo complex where she visited a relative. Her attacker left from the same complex and unexpectedly approached her, Hawke said. The girl told police he grabbed her and implied he would "hide her." She fought back and ran to a nearby business where she called her mother, who then called 911, said Hawke. She was not injured.

Police arrested Martinez at a residence in a complex in the 1600 block on North Wilmot Road. His description was also similar to a separate disturbance about a man acting erratically in the same complex, said Hawke.

On Monday, Martinez appeared in video court where his bond was placed at $500,000.


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