GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass child is safe after he tells police a stranger points a gun at him to get into a car.
Police say on Monday around 2 p.m., the boy told them he was getting off of the school bus. After he crossed over on Fairview Avenue, police say the boy reported a car pulled up behind him.
Then, the boy told police that the man in the car pointed a pistol at him telling him to get into his car. The boys says he yelled “no”, ran away, and hid in the bushes. He ran home and told his father who then called police.
“If what the child says happened exactly as he said it, a person pointing a gun or what resembles a gun I would assume he meant to do harm to a child,” said Sgt. Dan Evans with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.
Police are searching for a red, dodge challenger with a black stripe down the middle of the car, dirty rims and a black, Asian style sticker on the back window. As for the suspect, they are looking for a dark-skinned man in his 40 to 50′s, with short, dark hair parted on the side, with a dark goatee. They say he also has a ninja-style tattoo on his left forearm.
Investigators say stranger kidnappings do not happen often. The most recent stranger kidnapping incident in Josephine County was last year in April, where a 15-year-old girl was out jogging in O’Brien. She told deputies a man in van tried to force her into his car. In Medford, the last stranger kidnapping was in 1978.
Typically, investigators say abductions are family-related. Grants Pass Police say if a child is ever in a situation like this 8-year-old they suggest attracting attention by yelling, screaming or running toward a public place.