Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 8, 2014
Boy evades man who tried to abduct him

Grantsville police are looking for a man who allegedly tried to abduct a 7-year-old boy at knifepoint Sunday.

Officer Alison Peterson of the Grantsville City Police Department, said at about 5 p.m., the boy was looking for his dog on Main Street near 200 East when a man approached him, pointed a knife at him and told him to come with him.

Peterson said the boy ran home and told his father, who immediately called police to report the incident. The boy’s description of the incident was clear and helped officers launch into an investigation, she said.

“He did a very good job. He was very descriptive with how the events took place, which allowed us to begin our investigative process,” said Peterson.

Although detectives had not identified a suspect as of Monday afternoon, Peterson cautioned the public against becoming panicked about a potential child abductor, noting that no other incidents had been reported.

She recommended that parents should instead talk to their kids about what to do if they find themselves in a potentially bad situation on a regular basis, regardless of whether there is a possible community threat.

Parents should tell their children to travel with a friend or sibling to have strength in numbers, and to make sure they pay attention to their surroundings and tell a parent, friend’s parent or neighbor if something seems strange.

“I think kids should just be cautious in general about what to do if they’re approached by a stranger,” said Peterson. “If [a child] is uncomfortable in situations, they need to leave and tell an adult. That’s the best thing they can do.”

In this case, the boy executed all of those steps perfectly, she added.

“This boy did exactly what he needed to do, which kept him safe,” Peterson said. “Somebody taught him well. He did everything he should have done, and he’s home safe. We were notified pretty quickly and we’re right out there [investigating].”

 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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