INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police are alerting parents after an attempted abduction on the south side of Indianapolis.
It happened at a bus stop at Yoke Street and Stanley Avenue Thursday morning near Garfield Park.
Police said the 12-year-old boy was waiting at the bus stop when a man offered him candy. The boy told police he refused and that’s when the man tried pulling him into the car.
“Thankfully the juvenile was able to break free from the suspect,” said Officer Rafael Diaz, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Officer Diaz said the boy ran to a friend’s house nearby to ask for help.
“He was able to provide a very good description of this individual,” said Diaz.
According to a report, the boy told police he was walking to his bus stop when he noticed a green Jeep with a red, 2-inch pinstripe circling the block a couple of times. The boy said the driver kept looking at him in a weird way.
“Once he got to the bus stop, that individual reached out to his driver side window and grabbed our victim,” said Diaz.
Police described the suspect as a thin man, believed to be in his late 20s to early 30s. He was clean shaven with short honey brown hair.
This news is alarming for Clarence Golden, who has two granddaughters.
“We only normally let them play in the backyard. The only way they’re up front is if an adult is out here,” said Clarence Golden, grandparent. “Just because changes of the generation and times just not safe as it used to be.”
With the suspect still out there, police are encouraging parents to talk with their kids about safety and to be extra vigilant.
“If they’re going to walk by themselves to a bus stop, if you’re not able to go and accompany them, let them know (to) always be attentive” said Diaz. “Be aware of your surroundings and don’t talk to any strangers.”
Police say the suspect was last seen driving in a green Jeep that had rusty wheels and a busted left front turn signal lens.
A spokesperson for Indianapolis Public Schools says they have already notified parents about the incident and are taking steps to ensure student safety. An officer with IPS was at the bus stop Thursday afternoon making sure that kids got home safely.
IMPD says they’re planning to increase patrol presence in that neighborhood as well.
If you see or hear anything suspicious, you’re asked to call police.