Boy, 12, escapes abduction by PUNCHING man who came up behind him

Boy, 12, escapes abduction by PUNCHING man who came up behind him and said ‘come with me’ in the ribs, police reveal as they publish e-fit image in appeal

  • Hampshire Constabulary are searching for an alleged attempted kidnapper
  • He came up behind the victim, grabbed hold of his arm and said: ‘Come with me’
  • The young boy managed to escape by punching him in the ribs and running off  

Police are hunting a man who tried to take a 12-year-old boy who escaped abduction by punching his kidnapper in the ribs and running off.

The boy was waiting at a bus stop in Southampton when the alleged attempted kidnapper came up behind him, grabbed hold of his arm and said: ‘Come with me.’

The man, who is believed to be in his 30s, then attempted to follow the child down the road on two further occasions, before he finally managed to escape.

Hampshire Constabulary has since released an e-fit image of the suspect and is encouraging anyone who recognises him to get in touch.

Police are hunting a man who allegedly tried to abduct a 12-year-old boy. Hampshire Constabulary have released an e-fit image of the suspect (pictured)

Police are hunting a man who allegedly tried to abduct a 12-year-old boy. Hampshire Constabulary have released an e-fit image of the suspect (pictured)

The boy was waiting at a bus stop in Southampton when the alleged attempted kidnapper came up behind him, grabbed hold of his arm and said: 'Come with me'

The boy was waiting at a bus stop in Southampton when the alleged attempted kidnapper came up behind him, grabbed hold of his arm and said: ‘Come with me’

The suspect made contact with the boy on November 8 around 9.25am when he grabbed him. The boy managed to escape him within 5 minutes despite being followed down the road.

The alleged kidnapper is described as between 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, with short, dark brown hair, and of a large build.

He has a scar or mark over his left cheek and was wearing a waist-length, dark blue raincoat at the time of the incident.

Police have launched an investigation into the attempted kidnapping. 

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: ‘Officers investigating an attempted abduction in Southampton are now releasing this e-fit of the man they would like to speak to about the incident.

‘If you recognise this image and think you know who it is, or you think you are pictured, please contact us on 101 or report online, quoting reference number 44220454063.’

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