Police seek help in attempted child abduction


The Boulder Police Department is asking for help from the
Boulder community for any information connected to an attempted child abduction
that occurred on Monday, May 23, at 3:10 p.m. in the area of Ninth Street and
Mapleton Avenue.

According to a news release from the Boulder PD, three
elementary school-aged boys were getting off their bus near Ninth Street and
Mapleton Avenue when they were approached by an unknown black male. The man
began walking behind the boys, who were heading Southbound on Ninth Street, and
attempted to engage the boys in conversation. When the boys ignored him, the
unknown man continued to follow the boys and asked them to go with him to
Denver and have a cheeseburger with him.

At one point, the man grabbed one of the boys by the arm,
according to the release. The boy was able to struggle free and the boys then
ran to the area of Ninth and Pearl streets. None of the boys were injured
during the incident.

Initially it was reported that the male had shoulder-length dreadlocks. After further investigation, detectives have determined that the man has close-cut dark hair, not dreadlocks. He was seen wearing a yellow/blue/gray stripped
shirt, black pants and dirty, black shoes. He is described as speaking with
some type of accent. He was seen entering a green Jeep with a black top,
possibly a Jeep Wrangler.

Boulder PD has notified Boulder Valley School District
Officials and will be providing extra patrols at schools and surrounding areas.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call
Det. Ruth Christopher of the Boulder Police Department at 303-441-1850. Those who
have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com.


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