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.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Dave Hodges, pastor at Zide Door, the Church of Entheogenic Plants that include marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, holds some psychedelic mushrooms inside the Oakland church on Friday, July 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Psychedelic spirituality: Inside a growing Bay Area religious movement

‘They are guiding us into something ineffable’

A former inmate and a sheriff’s deputy are among the first four members chosen to serve on the newly created Sheriff’s Department Oversight Board. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Years after fight club scandal, Sheriff’s oversight board takes shape

‘We want to promote law enforcement best practices’

More than a thousand people gathered in front of the California Capitol building to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order and demand that the state re-open on May 1, 2020. (Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters)
Newsom blames ‘right-wing pundits’ for COVID surge

By Emily Hoeven CalMatters Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday placed the blame… Continue reading

Strong California revenues will allow the state to commit to offering no-cost food to every student. (Amanda Mills/Pixnio)
How California plans to offer free daily meals to 6 million public school students

By Ali Tadayon EdSource With one in every six children facing hunger… Continue reading

Most Read