DOVER, Ohio -- Dover is a quiet town, but people are on alert after a man allegedly tried to abduct a 10 year old boy there earlier this month.
"The young man said he was walking home from school in the 400 block of East Fourth Street when somebody came up from behind and started to drag him," said Captain Jimmy Hitchcock with the Dover Police Department.
Police say the man was able to drag the boy down the sidewalk and into the street before the boy was able to break free.
"He kicked him in the leg and was able to run away at that point. He went to karate class and told an instructor who told his parents," said Hitchcock.
Investigators were able to form a sketch of the suspect based on the boy’s description.
Investigators describe the suspect as being black, 5’9″ to 6’1″ and about 42 to 45 years old. The man had a thin build, with blue or turquoise eyes and short brown hair. He was wearing yellow and gray shoes with a black beret.
"Seeing that I have two boys of my own, I couldn't imagine what his parents went through when they found out," said James Noyes, of Dover.
Neighbors who live at the intersection where the boy was allegedly attacked couldn't believe the news.
"I'm ex-military. I am definitely keeping an eye out," said Kalmin Stull, a neighbor.
In addition to the suspect, police are looking for a red Jeep, with a black top and a spare tire on the rear. That’s the vehicle the suspect is believed to have driven away from the scene.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has released a sketch of the suspect based on the boy’s description.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Dover Police Department at (330) 364-5533.
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