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Arrest made after positive identification of man who followed, attempted to take two girls under 12-years old

A Woodburn man was arrested on attempted kidnapping charges a week after a report that a man followed two girls under the age of 12 out of a local convenience store and tried to abduct them.

COURTESY PHOTO: MCSO - Elias Aguilar-ManzanoWoodburn police arrested Elias Aguilar-Manzano, 26, after a close personal contact of Aguilar-Manzano identified him in surveillance images released several days after the incident.

Aguilar-Manzano was charged for second-degree attempted kidnapping, first-degree attempted sex abuse and coercion, and was transported to Marion County jail.

Police had originally sought an adult male between the ages of 18 and 25 who had followed two girls walking home from the Sunrise Market at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 30.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Image released by the Woodburn police of the suspect in an attempted kidnapping on Sept. 30.The suspect grabbed one of the girls and attempted to abduct her. She resisted, began screaming for help and was able to break free. A passerby stopped to help the girls as the suspect fled the scene. The passerby took the girls home and the police were called.

Police released a picture of the back of the suspect's head, showing him wearing a blue Nike shirt and jeans. He had dark, medium-length, wavy hair. Video feed of the suspect was released (https://bit.ly/36qIazY) showing the front of the suspect's face with a mustache or possibly a beard.

Aguilar-Manzano was also arrested on outstanding warrants for probation violation, fourth-degree attempted assault, harassment and attempted felony elude in unrelated incidents.


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