Police Investigate Report of Attempted Abduction in Southwest Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) Police say a man tried to abduct a 12-year-old boy as he was getting off the bus in Southwest Philadelphia. Thankfully, he is safe because of a Good Samaritan.

"He was just chasing after me and he started fast walking toward me," said a 12-year- old boy.

He told police a strange man followed him as he walked home from school Wednesday afternoon.  We're not showing his face or his mom's face to protect the child's identity.

"My son started running and the suspect started speed walking and running behind my son. He was like very scared, really scared and crying. I had to calm him down," said the boy's mother.

It happened as the boy got off the bus at 58th and Springfield in Southwest Philadelphia.

"He told him that he knew me but he don't know me. I don't really know anyone around here in this neighborhood," said the mother.

The boy ran toward a woman getting off a trolley at 59th and Chester begging for help. Police say the good samaritan told them the suspect still pursued the boy.

"Standing about 15 yards from her as she was holding him he continued to act like he knew the little boy saying your mom told me to come get you. Your mom told me to come get you. She eventually said I'm calling 9-1-1," said Lieutenant John Walker with Philadelphia Police.

The suspect took off on foot.  They're looking for anyone else who many have seen him. They're also checking business surveillance cameras in the area to see if they captured anything.

"I don't know what to make of it. They went and tried to stop a few guys but it wasn't the right one so I'm still scared because they didn't capture him yet but hopefully they find out who he is," said the mom.

Police have only a vague description of the suspect. He may be in his 20's and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a blue shirt and camouflage pants.
 

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