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Deputies investigate attempted child kidnapping

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pima County Sheriff's Department deputies are searching for a man suspected of attempted child abduction.

PCSD describes the suspect as Hispanic, between 19 and 20 years old, and about 5' tall with an average build. He has a short buzz-cut or flat top hairstyle and was last seen wearing black sunglasses, a "Navajo" striped blue jacket and dark blue pants, which were slightly dirty.

Deputies said a 10-year-old boy was walking to Thornydale Elementary School, near Magee and Thornydale, around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning when a man started to follow him.

According to PCSD the boy became nervous and decided to turn around and run home. When he passed the suspect, the man stepped toward the boy, opened his arms and tried to grab him, according to PCSD officials. But the 10-year-old stepped to the side and ran.

The boy said he looked back while running and saw the suspect jogging after him. The boy reached his home and told his father, who then drove him to school. They did not see the suspect while driving.

School officials addressed the attempted abduction by sending home the following letter:

Dear Thornydale Parents: 

Because the safety of our students is our number one concern, I want to make you aware of suspicious behavior which occurred in our community at approximately 7:18 a.m. this morning. 

A student reported being followed on his walk to school by a person described as a Hispanic male, 19 – 20 years old, with black hair cut closely. The student description also included that the male was wearing a "blue jacket with Navajo colors" going across it.  

The student was not harmed and the Pima County Sheriff's Department report was notified and a report filed. 

As always, we are committed to our students, staff and our community at large and respectfully request you to continue to assist us. Often our parents and community members can be our best eyes and ears in the protection of our students and our neighborhood. Also, during your conversations with your child, please continue to emphasize the importance of being aware of surroundings, being watchful of each other, walking together in groups, not talking to strangers, and reporting any concerns to an adult or authority. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Pima County Sheriff's Department at 520-351-4900 if you have any additional information regarding this incident or other safety concerns.

Thank you for your attention to this. 

Sarah Clem

Principal, Thornydale Elementary

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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