FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Fort Pierce police have released a composite sketch of the man they believe tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy at a school bus stop on Wednesday.
Detectives said the incident occurred at Oleander Boulevard and Antilles Avenue around 7:30 a.m.
Police said a white man driving a black sport-utility vehicle with a black interior is being sought in the case.
“My kids ride their bikes up and down the street you know. I come in work cook whatever else so my kids ride my bikes up and down the street so yeah I’m concerned about it,” said Paul Ernsberger.
The man was wearing a black tank top, black gym shorts and black shoes and may have several tattoos on his right arm with a dog’s head tattoo on his forearm.
The attacker is about 5 feet 7 inches with a thin build, dark hair and a mustache.
“This case demonstrates the importance of educating our children about the dangers that strangers present to them. The family of this child spoke with him about a month ago. His actions today, fighting back, may have prevented a tragedy,” said Interim Fort Pierce Interim Chief Frank Amandro.
The driver pulled up at the bus stop, called the child over and offered him candy. He then got out of the SUV and grabbed the child’s arm, said police. The child began kicking and screaming for the other child at the bus stop. The man let the child go and quickly left the area west on Antilles Avenue, according to detectives.
“I’m still like in shock,” says parent Anna Areyan, “You just imagine that that can happen to my kid.”
Parents say it’s frightening.
“I am scared for my son,” says one mother who didn’t want to give her name, “I will make sure that instead of him walking home alone or him being alone that someone will be with him.”
As detectives search for the would-be abductor, the Fort Pierce Police Department and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office will be patrolling all school bus stops starting Thursday morning.
“I just hope they find out who tried to take my son,” says the victim’s dad who asked us not to use his name.
The father is grateful his son fought back.
“I’m glad that he’s okay and I’m glad that he took marital arts,” says the father.
The news scared kids who live in the neighborhood.
“That used to be my old bus stop,” says Gerardo Ponce.
Ponce, who is 12-years-old, told us his mom gave him the “stranger danger” talk.
“If they ask you anything like if you want a ride home or anything to say no and stay away from strangers,” says Ponce.
If you have any information regarding the incident, contact Detective Ludmila Quintao at 772-467-6862. If you would like to remain anonymous, contact the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers with any information that may lead to the identification of the suspects at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477).
NewsChannel 5′s Meghan McRoberts contributed to this report.
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