Detectives from Boston Police’s District A-7 station in East Boston are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted kidnapping last week in Jeffries Point.
Police say a young boy on his way to school last Wednesday reported that on his way to school just after 7 a.m. he was approached by an unidentified suspect on Sumner Street.
The 10-year-old boy told police the suspect was passing by in a gray minivan when he made a statement to the child before stopping and exiting the vehicle. The unknown suspect then attempted to grab the boy by his shoulders but he was able to break free and flee on foot.
The victim described the suspect as a heavy-set white male, short in stature with gray hair and a shadowed beard, wearing a black jacket, gray sweatpants.
Detectives assigned to District A-7 are actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and are urging anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact 617-343-4234.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.
Police also report that two weeks ago on Saturday, Sept. 25 two 11-year-old boys were approached outside a convenience store near the Sacred Heart Church. The boys told police they were followed into the store by a male who later followed them out of the store and asked the boys to get into his car.
It’s unclear at this time if the two incidents are connected.