Kids throw rocks to scare away attempted abductor in Waddell

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

WADDELL, Ariz. -- Two young boys, 10 and 12 years old, came to the rescue of an attempted kidnapping when they threw rocks at the man trying to take an 8-year-old boy while walking to school Tuesday morning.

The attempted abduction happened near Mountain View Elementary School in the far West Valley town of Waddell.

According to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the 8-year-old boy was walking to school when a man in a black SUV pulled up and grabbed him, trying to pull him into the vehicle. While the boy was kicking and screaming his 10-year-old brother and 12-year-old friend started throwing rocks at the would-be kidnapper, rescuing the little boy who got away unharmed.

Dysart Unified School District officials notified police and parents right after the attempted abduction. After school, teachers and school staff were on heightened alert, standing out in the neighborhood around the school watching for any further suspicious activity. 

Parents were also on edge.

"Just last week my kids were asking me to walk to school because they wanted to be big like the other children and I was debating whether or not to [let them] do it," said Dawn Ratajski, who has two children who attend Mountain View. "One day I let them walk halfway home and met them at the park thinking, 'OK, it'll be OK.' And now I'm completely freaked out and disturbed."

MCSO deputies want people to be on the lookout for a scratched and dented black Chevy Tahoe or similar SUV with a green license plate and a driver in his 30s or 40s.

Meanwhile, Dysart sent a letter home to parents warning them about the situation and are reminding kids to always walk in groups.