Police follow up on attempted kidnapping
The Park City Police Department is hunting for a man who two children say tried to abduct them at a Prospector school-bus stop in January.
Lt. Rick Ryan said a 9-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl got away from the man, a stranger, and days later the police were told of the encounter.
Ryan said the children saw the suspect a few times in the last couple of months nearby the bus stop. On Jan. 20 at about 3:25 p.m., the kids, who attend Parley’s Park Elementary School, got off the bus on their way home at a stop in upper Iron Horse.
Ryan said the suspect approached them, telling the girl that he was her uncle. He grabbed the girl by her ponytail but she pulled away and ran, Ryan said. The boy ran away and the suspect held out his arm in an attempt to clothesline the boy, Ryan said.
"He said, ‘Don’t you remember me, I’m your uncle,’" according to Ryan.
The suspect did not pursue the children after they fled, Ryan said.
The children told their parents but the incident was not reported to police until Jan. 25. They children are third-graders, the police said.
Ryan said the suspect is described as about 45 years old and Latino. He is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has a dark complexion and wears a baseball cap, Ryan said.
He drives a small yellow car with tinted windows and a decal of a blue dragon on the back window.
"We need to find him and at least question him," Ryan said.
People with information about the case can call the Police Department at 615-5500.
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