A man disguised as an officer was arrested Wednesday after allegedly abducting a 13-year-old boy in the city of Panorama by hitting him with a truck, police said.
The incident happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Van Nuys Boulevard and Tupper Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Ottoniel Mendoza, allegedly hit the boy with his 2019 grey Toyota Tundra while the victim was riding a bicycle.
Mendoza then got out of the car, showed the victim a badge and told him he was a police officer, LAPD officials said.
He then allegedly instructed the victim to get into his truck.
A witness apparently followed the suspect’s truck and called police.
Responders were able to locate Mendoza’s vehicle in the Sepulveda Boulevard and Tupper Street areas.
Mendoza and another man were in the truck with the victim at the time, and the boy was taken to hospital with injuries.
The suspect and another man were detained and questioned, but the second man was later released.
Mendoza was eventually booked on suspicion of kidnapping.
Police released pictures of Mendoza and his truck in an attempt to identify other possible victims.
Anyone with more information about the suspect, or think they may be his victims, is asked to contact Detective Blythe Kirk at 818-838-0910.