Boy escapes attempted abduction in Black Canyon City

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BLACK CANYON CITY, Ariz. -- A 13-year-old boy was able to escape an attempted abduction in Black Canyon City Saturday night.

The victim told Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies that he was walking home east on Squaw Valley Road around 7 p.m. when he realized a vehicle was following him.

The vehicle drove behind the boy at slow speed, maintaining his walking pace. The victim became alarmed and picked up his pace as he turned onto Mud Springs Road. The vehicle followed and pulled alongside him. Through the open passenger window, the driver asked the victim if he needed a ride. The victim declined and continued walking.

The driver then raised his voice and said, "Get in the car." The suspect grabbed his own shirt at the waist as if to indicate he had a concealed weapon. The victim believes this move was to intimidate him and force compliance, according to the sheriff's office.

The victim then ran toward home. Once inside, he saw the suspect drive by and apparently leave the area. The victim's mom called YCSO.

Deputies and Department of Public Safety officers canvassed the area but could not locate the suspect or his vehicle.

The vehicle is described as an older-model light or faded gray sedan, possibly a two-door. A baseball-style hat with a flame graphic, a medium-sized pill bottle and a binder were inside the vehicle.

The suspect is described as male, small framed, skinny, possibly short in height, with a pale white complexion, sandy brown hair in a buzz cut style, small ears, "squinty" eyes and a large nose. His voice was described as high and scratchy. He was wearing a black polo-style shirt. No age was provided.

Deputies are reviewing the sex offender database for potential suspects.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of this suspect or vehicle is urged to call YCSO at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.