8 Year Old South Jordan Boy Fights Off Would-Be Abductor


SOUTH JORDAN (ABC4 Utah News) – An 8 year boy is safe after fighting off a would be abductor Monday evening in Daybreak.

Tommy was riding his bicycle home from his piano lesson by himself for the first time around 6 o’clock when a man driving a pickup truck started following him.

His mother, Meg, told ABC4 Utah News what happened next.

“The gentleman pulled up right next to him, a little bit behind him as he’s on his bike, jumps out of the passenger’s side of his truck,” Meg said. “Tommy starts pedaling faster. He runs after him, grabs him by the shoulders.”

“He jumped out of the car and tried to grab me,” Tommy said.

But Tommy had training in 2nd Grade through a program called RAD Kids and he fought back.

“I elbowed him in the nose,” Tommy said. “Screamed in his mouth.”

“Tommy thankfully remembered his RAD Kids, RAD Kids he learned at Eastlake Elementary,” Meg said. “He turned around and bopped him with his elbow right square in the nose and so caught this man off guard of course. He stumbled backwards, threw Tommy forward. Tommy scratched himself up on the sidewalk.”

The suspect scrambled back to his truck and left. Tommy who suffered just a couple of scraped knees describes him as a white male with a thin build and a light beard wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with sunglasses and long khakis. He says the truck was a medium sized black pickup with a skull sticker on the back window.

South Jordan Police Lieutenant Matt Pennington says Tommy did the right thing by fighting back.

“If something like this does happen, yeah to fight scream, yell for help and do what they can to protect themselves,” Lt. Pennington said.

“Holy cow. I’m so proud of him,” Meg said Thursday. “He was very conscious, trying to remember all the details that he could and everything about him and where the man went, followed him except we didn’t get a license plate unfortunately.”

Meg says Tommy is doing fine but she has nightmares about what could have happened.

“It’s sinking in how incredibly scary,” Meg said. “And how close we were to not seeing that little boy anymore.”

South Jordan Police investigators are still looking for witnesses or any surveillance video of the incident or the vehicle. If you know anything about this man or that truck, call the South Jordan PD at 801-254-4708.

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