CENTERVILLE, Utah, Aug. 29, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Centerville police are investigating after a reported kidnapping attempt of a 12-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon.
A news release from Centerville Police Department said the boy told officials he was walking home alone along 400 West near Jennings Lane (1700 North) sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. when he was approached by a man who offered him candy. The man was driving an older model blue sedan, possibly a four door.
“When the boy refused the candy the man reportedly grabbed the boy by the shirt and picked him up,” the news release said. “The boy said he punched the man in the face and was able to get away by running and hiding in a nearby park.”
The suspect is described as Caucasian, around 30 years old, with blond hair and a tattoo on his neck. He was wearing a black shirt and blue shorts, the boy said.
“We have increased our patrols in the area before and after school and have informed Davis County School District,” the news release said. “Officers conducted an initial canvas of the neighborhood, no one that we spoke with witnessed the incident.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Centerville Police Department at 801-292-8441.