Police looking for suspect in attempted abduction of a 12-year-old

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CENTERVILLE, Utah (News4Utah) — Police are looking for a suspect in an attempted abduction that happened Tuesday afternoon. 

It happened along 400 West near Jennings Lane 1700 North sometime between 4:30 and 5 p.m. 

Police said a blue car was following a 12- year-old boy while he was walking home The driver of the vehicle offered the boy some candy which he refused. 

When the boy refused the candy, the man reportedly grabbed the boy by the shirt and picked him up, but the boy punched the driver and was able to escape according to the child’s account. 

Investigators said the boy hid in Smoot Park at 1500 North below Main Street for about 30 minutes when he felt it was safe to go home. 

The suspect is described as a white man with blond hair around 30 years old with a tattoo on his neck, officials say he was wearing a black shirt and blue shorts.

The vehicle is described as an older model blue sedan, possibly a four-door, according to authorities.

Chief Paul Child of the Centerville Police Department said he has increased patrols in the area before and after school. The Davis County School District was also alerted to the incident. So far, police say no one that they have spoken to have witnessed the incident. 

If you have any information contact Centerville Police at (801) 292-8441. 

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