Sep 10, 2012 11:06 PM by Andy Koen

Deputies hopeful someone witnessed attempted kidnapping

SECURITY WIDEFIELD - A 12-year old Widefield boy reportedly fought off a wouldbe kidnapper Monday morning while walking to school. Investigators with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office say the incident happened at around 6:40 a.m. along Caballero Avenue near the intersection with Grand Peak.

The boy told deputies a heavy-set white man grabbed him and tried to force him into a car. He broke free and ran home to tell his parents.

"Anybody who is willing to try to lure a child into a car obviously is a concern for us and a concern for the public," said public information officer Lt. Jeff Kramer.

The suspect is also described as being about six feet tall with a pot belly. He's mostly bald with a ring of gray hair, and has large hands. He was last seen wearing a brown and white plaid shirt and was driving a late 90's or early 2000's two-door Pontiac sedan with faded red paint.

Sharon Nepermann lives in the area where deputies believe the incident happened. She says she never heard the struggle between the victim and his wouldbe captor.

"No, I heard kids, but that's pretty typically because kids, in the good weather, the kids will walk," Nepermann said.

In fact, many children walk to school along Caballero. The neighborhood street ends connects King Elementary to Janitell Junior High and naturally bypasses the much busier Fountain Mesa Road.

Lt. Kramer is hopeful that someone saw something given how many people walk and drive along Caballero to school each morning,

"We're working hard right now to try to determine if there were any witnesses to this event, anyone who may recognize, just generally recognize that description that we've provided or if they happen to see a person matching that description or a car matching that description."

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