Tulsa Police investigating alleged attempted kidnapping of 9-year-old boy Monday

Posted at 11:58 AM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 18:33:56-04

TULSA-- Elversa Barnes said her grandchildren aren’t taking the bus home from school today after hearing a man attempted abducting a 9 year-old boy in East Tulsa Monday morning.

“That is very terrifying that’s why today I know my daughter will be going all the way to the school to pick up the kids,” said Barnes.

The boy told police he was waiting for his friend at the Union Point Apartments before heading to school at Rosa Parks Elementary in the Union School District. That’s when they said a tall white male, possibly in his 40’s, approached him, offering candy.

“He declined and as he turned to walk away he was grabbed from behind,” said Tulsa Police Department PIO Leland Ashley.

Police said the boy started kicking the man, ultimately breaking free to run home and tell a family member. Officers said all parents should talk to their kids about the boy’s reaction, which they said could have saved him.

“I always tell them about safe places to run and to call for help and to and to scream, yell those type of things. Even when it gets to the point where you’re teaching them to bite someone if someone tries to put their hand over their mouth,” said Officer Ashley.

Barnes said she teaches her kids to keep an eye out for strangers, but said she’s still worried knowing a predator could be nearby.“We just pray everyday that it’s not one of ours and I hate to hear it’s anybody’s child,” said Barnes.

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