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Attempted Kidnapping Steps Away From Region 8 School

MARCH 16, 2006 - Posted at 10:15 p.m. CST

 

BROOKLAND, AR - A twelve year old boy, just steps away from middle school, walking home on School Street.

"I was walking home by myself, and the car had kind of slowed down and I was thinking, what were they doing? The guy kind of leaned out and he said 'do you need a ride, i said no and he said get in the car and I told him no," says Dylan Forrester, victim of an apparent attempted kidnapping Thursday afternoon about 2 p.m. 

He said he thought the guy was going to go away after that, but it only got worse.

"He was about right there in the ditch, then he said he was going to kill me for that, and he got back in his car," says Dylan.

"I don't want to go to school, walk to school anymore," added Dylan.

"I had just gotten home and he ran in and he was hysterical and cying and shaking all over and said, Mom someone just tried to get me," says Tina Gentry, Dylan's Mother.

Fortunately, Dylan did the right thing. But he hopes to show other kids that the longtime lesson of not talking to strangers really does matter.

"If a stranger comes up, just don't talk to them," says Dylan.

"This is something you always hear happens to other people. You never thought it would happen to you," says Gentry, Dylan's Mother.

"Why would it happen to me of all people? I don't know, I was scared to death," says Dylan.

Dylan Gentry described his attempted abductor as a thin, white male about 18 or 19 years old, with dark hair, and wearing a black t-shirt. He said he was the passenger of a new model, black S.U.V.

Tina Gentry says she filed a police report with the Brookland Police Department.

Thursday's incident follows a similar incident late last month in which a student at Westside Elementary School said an unidentified man came on to the school's campus and tried to abduct her.

Anyone with any information about Thursday afternoon's incident is urged to contact the Brookland Police Department.

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