GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls Police Department (GFPD) is requesting assistance to locate a man who allegedly attempted to abduct a nine-year-old boy around 8 p.m. Friday.
According to a Facebook post from GFPD, the child was reportedly riding his bike home when a man wearing a white shirt and black pants physically removed him from the bike and forced him into a vehicle. The child was then brought to a nearby home. After an unspecified amount of time, the boy reportedly escaped from the alleged kidnapper and fled to his own residence.
“[H]is mother promptly called 911,” the Facebook post said. The boy is now safely in his mother’s care.
The incident reportedly occurred in the area of 36th Street and Fourth Avenue North, which is in the vicinity of the Alexander Temple Church of God and Great Falls Veterinary Services.
The man is further described by GFPD as having “white arms” and wearing a “bulky black hat.” The suspect was reportedly driving an older, maroon car with tinted windows and four doors.
Anyone with pertinent information — meaning any facts that could help assist detectives with the case and locate the suspect — is asked to call GFPD Detective Keith Hedges at (406) 455-8519. Reporting suspicious activity is also possible via private messaging to the GFPD Facebook page.
“All tipsters may remain anonymous,” GFPD said in the social media post.