Posted: Sep 10, 2012 4:31 PM by Andy Koen
Updated: Sep 10, 2012 4:38 PM
WIDEFIELD - Deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office are asking the public for help locating a man they say tried to kidnap a 12 year old boy in the Security-Widefield area.
The incident happened along Caballero Avenue near Grand Peak at about 6:40 Monday morning. The boy told deputies the man grabbed him and tried to force him into a car. He broke free and ran home to tell his parents what happened.
Public Information Officer Lt. Jeff Kramer says the man is believed to armed.
"Anytime we have someone who is armed with a weapon, willing to approach a child they don't know and physically make contact and try to get them into a car, that's certainly concerning for us, we realize it's a concern for the community as well," Kramer said.
Sharon Nepermann lives near the area where the attempted kidnapping happened. She says there are several children who walk along Caballero to get to either Janitell Junior High School or to King Elementary.
"That's scary, that is scary," Nepermann said. "The description doesn't fit anybody that I've seen."
The suspect is described as a heavy-set white man, about six feet tall with a potbelly. He's mostly bald with a ring of gray hair and had very fat hands. He was wearing a brown and white plaid shirt with faded jeans and was driving a two door Pontiac sedan with faded red paint from the late 90's or early 2000's.
A spokesperson with Widefield School District 3 says the student acted appropriately in running away from the danger and notifying an adult. D-3 sent email and text message notifications to all of their parents.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 719-390-5555