Boy, 12, lied about attempted kidnapping


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 10:54 AM

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LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -- A 12-year-old boy lied about how he escaped an attempted kidnapping near Citrus Road and Missouri Avenue in the West Valley Monday morning, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The Verrado Middle School student said he was walking to his bus stop outside the gated Russell Ranch community shortly after 8 a.m. when a pickup truck pulled up to him.

The boy said the passenger got out of the vehicle then grabbed his arm and tried to force him into the truck. The driver stayed in the vehicle and appeared to have a knife.

The boy said he fought back and was able to get away as another vehicle came into the area, providing a distraction. 

The boy said he ran back through the community's pedestrian gate then called his parents and 911. The child's father said he was scared but was not injured.

The boy described the kidnapper's vehicle as a gray, four-door, older model pickup truck.

The passenger was described as a white male about 6 feet tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a white jacket, blue jeans and dark sunglasses.

The boy is a sixth-grader at Verrado Middle School in Buckeye. The Litchfield Elementary School District sent a letter home to parents of students at Scott Libby Elementary School, Verrado Elementary School and Verrado Middle School. The district also sent out an emergency phone alert call to the parents and posted information on the district's Facebook page.