Police seek suspect after 12-year-old reports attempted abduction in Herriman

Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-06 19:52:08-05

HERRIMAN, Utah – The Unified Police Department is investigating a reported attempted abduction after a young boy said a man tried to entice him into getting into a vehicle Friday.

Det. Chuck Malm of the Unified Police Department said a 12-year-old boy was playing in a church parking lot in the area of 13400 South and 6000 West in Herriman when a man drove up Friday around 7 p.m.

The man tried to coax the boy into getting into his car, saying he was the boy’s uncle and planned to drive him home.

“The young man did what he was supposed to do,” Malm said of what came next. “He turned and he ran, ran for help. He contacted his parents, who in turn got Unified police involved.”

Police said the suspect is an older white male who has gray hair and stands about 5-feet 10-inches tall with a heavy-set build. He had some kind of an accent and was last seen wearing a light yellow T-shirt and blue jeans.

The man was driving a dark-colored sedan. While described as being a newer model, the car had a rusty front bumper and a Utah arches license plate. The right rear passenger window had duct tape around the edges.

Anyone with information about the suspect or alleged attempted abduction is asked to contact the Unified Police Department.  Non-emergency dispatch can be reached at 801-743-7000.