A child walking home from school Wednesday told police he was able to escape after a man grabbed him and forced him into his car near Furman Avenue and Lander Street in Forest Acres, police chief Gene Sealy said.
The 11-year-old boy said he walking home from school around 4 pm. when a heavyset man driving a red four-door vehicle (possibly a Hyundai) threatened him with a box-cutter and demanded the he get in the car. When the boy refused, the man got out of the car, grabbed him and forced him into the back seat, the child told police.
The boy was able to get out of the car, however, and ran to an adult to report the attempted kidnapping.
Forest Acres police described the man as of mixed race, heavy build, wavy hair and wearing an earring. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.
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The Forest Acres Police Department continues to investigate.