Cedar Rapids Police Investigating Report of Attempted Abduction
By Addison Speck, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Police are looking for more information about a report of an attempted abduction that happened on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids on Tuesday evening.
Investigators received a report of an attempted abduction in the 7500 block of Kirkwood Boulevard SW. According to police, the incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A 5-year-old boy was riding his bike along a sidewalk. The boy's father was following along on a motorcycle riding down the street. A white, 1990's Chevy Astro van pulled up next to the boy. A white male exited the van and grabbed the boy and a white female got out and took the bike. The two started pushing the boy and the bike towards the van. The father was watching and began yelling at the two. They let go of the boy and the bike and left southbound on Kirkwood Boulevard SW. This was reported to the police three hours later.
The boy and his father gave police the following descriptions:
The white male was in his 30's, short brown hair, about 5'8" and 120 pounds. The white female was in her 20's, thin build, shoulder length brown hair and a tattoo on the thumb web of her left hand. There was a third person who was driving the van and was described as a white male, glasses and larger build.
If you have information about this incident you are asked to contact police. Calls are anonymous. If the information you give leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward. You can reach police at (319)-286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463) or text to CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip.
If something similar happens to you, police ask you get as many details as possible about the person or people involved. They also remind the public to know where your children are at, always carry a recent picture of your child, and talk to your children about strangers.