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Oct 22, 2013 8:27 PM by Brian White

PCSD: boy nearly abducted on way to school

TUCSON - Pima County Sheriffs are searching for a man who is supected of trying to abduct a 10-year-old boy on his way to school Tuesday morning.

The incident occured at about 7:15 a.m. while the boy was walking to school at Thornydale Elementary, Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Courtney Rodriguez said in a release.

The boy says he ran back home when he noticed a strange man following him. The man reached out to grab him, the boy said, but was able to get home safely.

His father reported the incident to 911. School officials at Thornydale Elementary sent out the following statement about the incident:

Dear Thornydale Parents:

Because the safety of our students is our number one concern, I want to make you aware of suspicious behavior which occurred in our community at approximately 7:18 a.m. this morning. A student reported being followed on his walk to school by a person described as a Hispanic male, 19 – 20 years old, with black hair cut closely. The student description also included that the male was wearing a “blue jacket with Navajo colors” going across it. The student was not harmed and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department report was notified and a report filed. As always, we are committed to our students, staff and our community at large and respectfully request you to continue to assist us. Often our parents and community members can be our best eyes and ears in the protection of our students and our neighborhood. Also, during your conversations with your child, please continue to emphasize the importance of being aware of surroundings, being watchful of each other, walking together in groups, not talking to strangers, and reporting any concerns to an adult or authority. Please do not hesitate to contact the Pima County Sheriff’s Department at 520-351-4900 if you have any additional information regarding this incident or other safety concerns.
Thank you for your attention to this.
Sarah Clem
Principal Thornydale Elementary

The suspect is described as being:

  • Hispanic
  • 19-20 years old
  • 5 feet tall
  • Average build
  • Short buzz cut or flat top style haircut
  • Wearing sunglasses, a "Navajo" stripped blue jacket and dark blue pants

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