Sketch released in attempted abduction of Chandler boy

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Police have released a composite sketch of a man they are calling a person of interest after he reportedly approached a 10-year-old boy in Chandler Thursday afternoon.

The boy was walking south on the east side of Hartford Street when a Hispanic man with long hair and a braided goatee pulled up in a tan midsize SUV and asked his name, according to Chandler police Sgt. Joe Favazzo. The boy told him his name then the man asked him where he lived.

Favazzo said the boy recalled seeing a school flier involving a 13-year-old girl who was grabbed two days before and he ran to his grandmother's house to get away.

The man drove past the boy, turned down a side street and drove away.

Favazzo said another boy who was skateboarding in the area confirmed seeing the car pull up and stop by the victim.

Police are considering the man a person of interest. There is no evidence to support this incident is in any way associated with prior similar incidents, according to police.

On Aug. 30, a 13-year-old girl said a man got out of a brown sedan with tinted windows and approached her as she walked to school near Hartford and Shannon streets. He grabbed her by the hair and tried to drag her with him, but she escaped and ran home.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned Hispanic or white male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 160 pounds with a light mustache or goatee. He was wearing a black short sleeved T-shirt, black pants and black work-style boots.

On Aug. 31, a 14-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister were walking near Dobson Road and Galveston Street at approximately 9:20 p.m. when a car approached with its headlights off.

A tall, thin Hispanic male in his 20s wearing a blue shirt and tan pants exited the front passenger door and approached the children, according to Chandler police Detective Seth Tyler. The siblings ran away from the vehicle, which was described as a tan four-door sedan with tinted windows and faded paint.

The driver of the vehicle was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s with a mustache.

Chandler police have increased patrols in neighborhoods around schools and parks.

Anyone with any information regarding these types of incidents is asked to contact the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130.