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Police Searching For Alleged Abduction Suspect
PHILLIPSBURG -- A man accused of trying to snatch a little boy right off his skateboard remains on the run.
Sharon Hartley's 10-year-old son was out playing in their quiet Phillipsburg neighborhood Saturday afternoon just like any other weekend.
"We have a lot of kids in the neighborhood and they are out playing all the time," said Hartley.
But that beautiful day quickly turned into a scene from a scary movie. Clay was skateboarding near the post office when he says a strange man got out of a white pickup truck and tried to grab him.
"I'm horrified. I just can't even believe it," she said.
Clay took off running down the street and hid behind a bush. In fact, he told his mom while he was hiding, he saw the suspect slowly driving by looking for him, in a pickup truck.
"That's pretty scary. It's unbelievable actually," Hartley said.
When the coast was clear, Clay emerged from his hiding spot and sprinted to his best friend's house nearby to call his mom.
"I told him I was so proud of him because he ran like he should, he remembered a lot of details," she said.
So far, police haven't been able to track down the suspect, which is why Hartley wants all parents to be on alert and keep a close eye on their kids.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s or 30s, about 5-foot-8 with a medium build. He has short, strawberry blonde hair and a goatee. He was last seen driving a white Chevy pickup and wearing a brown zip-up hoodie, blue jeans, and red shoes. If you can help nab him before he approaches another child, call 911.
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