Child escapes would-be abductor

The Belmont Police Department is on the lookout for a white man in his mid-30s who was involved in attempted child abduction outside the Burbank Elementary School. The child used lessons he’d learned in a Watertown karate school to escape the man, according to WCVB-TV Channel 5.

According to a news release, on Feb. 7, the man allegedly led a 10-year-old boy away from the school on foot from the Burbank to an area near the Chenery Middle School.

As the boy was being dragged along, he was reportedly yelling, “This is not my parent!” and kicking the suspect, attempting to break loose. That’s a technique the boy learned at Craig’s Kempo Karate Academy on School Street, according to Channel 5.

The suspect reportedly let the boy go right near the Chenery and the boy ran home, where he told his father about the incident.

The suspect is described as in his mid-30s, white, with brown hair, wearing a long black coat and blue jeans.

Once the suspect let the boy go, he fled on foot up Oakley Road, according to the news release. No vehicle was involved in the abduction, according to police.

Belmont Police began an immediate search of the area and broadcast a description of the suspect to surrounding cities and towns.

The Belmont School Department put out an alert on their automated telephone system to more than 2,400 parents informing them of the situation and requesting any information about the incident, according to the news release.

Anyone with information about this case is advised to call the Belmont Police Dept. at 617-484-1215.

02/15/2008