South Tahoe boy escapes attempted abduction
January 17, 2010
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Police are looking for a man who they believe tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy Friday.
The man is described as about 5-feet-8-inches to 5-feet-10-inches tall with medium-length brown hair that is spiked in the front. He may also have a trimmed goatee. The boy described him as thin with a tan complexion. At the time of the attempted abduction the suspect drove a late ’90s model, white, full-sized pick up truck with an extended or crew cab and a black bug shield.
The boy was riding his bicycle with two friends of similar ages at dusk Friday near Eloise Avenue and Third Street. The suspect drove in front of the boys’ path to block them, according to police. The boy told police he and his friends stopped and immediately began to back up their bicycles and turn around.
The suspect then got out of his truck and lunged at the boy, trying to hold him. The boy was able to pedal away from him, even after the suspect unsuccessfully tried to grab his shirt.
Then, the suspect returned to his truck and again tried to overtake the boy on his bicycle. However, the boy escaped by riding off the roadway and through various alleys and business parking lots in the area.
The boy and his two friends said the suspect drive around the area looking for the boy for the next one to two minutes.
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The boy and his friends said they did not know the suspect.
If anyone has information related to this event, they are encouraged to contact the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100. Please reference case number 1001-1246.