Man who tried to kidnap girl on Halloween appears in court

A man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl in Pacifica on Halloween made his initial appearance in San Mateo County Superior Court on Thursday and is being held in custody on $10 million bail, prosecutors said.

Mark Soliman, 41, of Pacifica, did not enter a plea to kidnapping and assault with an intent to commit sexual assault and will return to court on Nov. 30, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday, the girl was in the 600 block of Hickey Boulevard near a day care center and was walking to a friend’s house when Soliman allegedly drove up alongside her and told her she looked pretty, prosecutors said.

The girl kept walking and he then came up behind her and threw her into the backseat of his black Volkswagen. The girl’s friend saw what happened and ran up to help her. Soliman allegedly slipped and the girls were able to get away, prosecutors said.

He then drove away, but Pacifica police used a law enforcement database to determine Soliman was the car’s owner. He was arrested at his home at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Prosecutors said Soliman has a lengthy history of similar conduct.

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