A Long Beach man has been arrested in connection to separate kidnapping incidents, including the attempted kidnapping of a 12-year-old girl near Washington Middle School nearly two weeks ago, according to authorities, who said there may be additional victims.
Police identified Eugene Martindale III, 28, as the suspect responsible for the alleged crimes. His bail was set at $300,000.
Martindale, on the morning of June 1, attempted to kidnap a 12-year-old girl who was walking on the sidewalk in the 1200 block of Chestnut Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Martindale, according to police, was trying to talk to the girl, but when she ignored him multiple times and kept on walking, he went up behind her, wrapped his arms around her and attempted to move her.
The girl, however, was able to free herself and report what had happened. She was not injured during their interaction.
LBPD detectives eventually identified Martindale as a suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest.
On Sunday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Martindale just before 7 a.m. in Carson after he allegedly kidnapped a girl in the 21000 block of Main Street and attempted to rape her.
He’s since been charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office with with one count of kidnapping and one felony count of attempted kidnapping, according to the LASD.
Police encourage any additional victims or anyone with information to contact the Sex Crimes Detail at 562-570-7368. Anonymous tips can be submitted to LA Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or by visiting this website.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information on Eugene Martindale’s arrest and charges.