Salvador Perez – Monterey County booking photo
Suspect Tried To lure Two Small Children Out Of A Restaurant
The Seaside Police have an apparent child abductor behind bars, as they have arrested 34-year-old Manteca resident Salvador Perez for an incident that occurred on Friday, November 27 at Church’s Chicken. Seaside is a town just north of Monterey.
At 1:45 pm, Police responded to the Restaurant on Fremont Boulevard on a report of an attempted child abduction that had just occurred. The suspect had left the scene, but witnesses had a good description of him.
They told police that Perez, who had been loitering around the restaurant that afternoon, approached a 3-year-old girl and stood over her in an aggressive manner. Before he could get his hands on the little girl she was pushed aside by her parent.
Perez then turned his attention to a 10-year-old boy from a different family, who was ordering food at the register with his aunt. Perez was able to grab the boy and attempted to drag him outside of the restaurant. Perez was thwarted by Pete Vasquez, another customer at the restaurant who saw what was happening, and tackled Perez.
A brief struggle ensued and Perez was able to get away. With the description given by witnesses, Police were able to locate Perez about six blocks from the scene at the 400 block of Elm Avenue.
Police have not specified any motive for the attempted abductions, as it appears that there is no connection between him and the two children, and neither family knew of Perez. Perez was arrested and lodged into the Monterey County Jail on charges of felony attempted kidnapping, along with a parole violation and for driving without a license. Just two weeks prior to this incident, on Friday, November 13, Perez was arrested in San Joaquin County on charges of driving under the influence. Perez will turn 35-years-old this week.