LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles police are working with the FBI to track down two men in connection to the apparent kidnapping of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, who was later found in Woodland Hills.
Nearly 12 hours after the young girl was reported missing, she was spotted at a Starbucks on Canoga Avenue and Oxnard Street at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. She told police two men had kidnapped her from her home in the 8000 block of Oakdale Avenue and then dropped her off at a Kaiser hospital near the location where she was found.
"We're talking about a 10-year-old girl, and so she's been through a traumatic experience," said LAPD Capt. Andrew Smith. "She's discussed that there were several vehicles and several individuals involved."
LAPD's robbery homicide division has taken over the case and is working with the FBI to track down the two men. The girl could only describe one of her suspects, saying he was a white male about 18 years old. The second suspect is a male, but she could not describe him any further. Family members told Eyewitness News that investigators took lots of fingerprints at the Northridge home, which may link them to the two men.
The intruder was able to enter a backdoor and find his way to where the girl slept. Family members told Eyewitness News that the girl's bedroom sits between her brother and parents' bedrooms and that her door is always closed.
Police say the girl was taken to two locations -- an abandoned house and a storage facility -- before being dropped off near the hospital. Smith said it remains unclear whether the victim was chosen at random, or whether she was a specific target.
"Right now, we're looking at this as a stranger abduction," Smith said.
Police were careful about the details released in the apparent abduction.
"Detectives don't want to talk about it specifically, how the individual entered the house. They don't to discuss the intimate details of which room she was in," Smith said.
Police say they are following all possible leads, including searching through video from surveillance cameras near the 10-year-old's house in hopes of finding out more about the brazen kidnappers.
"It's very rare that someone will come into a home and abduct a child. More often than not, when you have a case like this, and a child gets abducted, they end up getting killed. We're very fortunate that she's still alive in this incident," Smith said.
The LAPD is also looking at a separate kidnapping case in 2008 involving the girl's cousins, who were young boys at the time. But there was no mystery about who had taken the boys; their fathers, John and George Silah, served time in prison for the abductions and flying them to the Netherlands to hide.
Police are looking into whether there's a connection with a break-in that happened at a house about a block away, which occurred at about the same time the girl went missing.
A black pickup truck believed to be part of the case was recovered at the storage facility Wednesday night. Authorities also said they believed a second vehicle was involved.