An 11-year-old boy was able to break free from a would-be abductor on Saturday afternoon.
Winnipeg police say the boy was walking alone in the area of Simpson Avenue and Besant Street around 4 p.m. when he was approached by an unknown man.
The suspect drove towards and past the victim, yelling out, “Get in my car now.” The boy attempted to run, but the suspect grabbed hold of his right wrist and tried to drag him towards the vehicle. The boy yelled out and hit the suspect’s arms, eventually breaking free and running home.
The victim suffered minor injuries during the incident.
Police are looking for an aboriginal man, approximately 24-years-old, with a medium build, fair complexion, between 6’3” and 6’6” tall, dark medium length hair, dark thin goatee and moustache, stained/yellowing and missing some teeth. He had a tattoo of a cross on his right forearm area described as white and black in colour with a chain design looping through it. He was wearing a black hoodie with some white on the front, black pants with a hole in the left knee, black shoes with white trim around the sole area and sunglasses.
Police say the suspect was driving a newer model black van — possibly a Dodge Caravan — with tinted windows and rust on the back. It had red colouring on the rear bumper.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (204) 986-2857 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).