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Tacoma police release sketch of man suspected in attempted kidnapping

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2011 at 6:08 am |
November 9, 2011 6:15 am
Composite sketch of man suspected of trying to kidnap a 10-year-old boy/Courtesy of Tacoma police

Tacoma police have released a composite sketch of a man suspected of trying to abduct a 10-year-old boy last week as he walked to school.

Investigators also have released a more detailed description of the man’s truck.

The incident occurred just before 9 a.m. Nov. 1. The boy was headed to Manitou Park Elementary School when he noticed a man drive up in a pickup truck in the 6800 block of South Stevens Street.

The truck slowed and the man asked the boy to help him find his dog. The boy declined.

The truck pulled forward and the man got out. When the man tried to grab the boy, the boy hit and kicked him. The boy ran home, police reported.

The boy told police he didn’t know the man. He described the man as white, 30 to 40 years old and 5 feet 10. He had a heavy build, short  brown hair, sideburns and a pock-marked complexion. He wore a light blue T-shirt with lime green letters and black jeans.

Tacoma police investigators say the truck was unique.

Courtesy of TPD

It’s been described as a standard compact cab pickup with a light blue top and a red “A” and “B” pillars, police reported. A horizontal red stripe was on the sides of the truck. The truck was painted yellow below the red stripe.

The boy described the tires as “Goodyear” with raised lettering on silver four or five-spoke type wheels.

There was dirt, a garden hoe and flat shovel in the bed of the truck.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma police or Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charges filed in the case. Tipsters may remain anonymous.


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