Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 22, 2011

UPDATE Child Attempted Kidnapping

09-22-11 UPDATE Child Attempted Kidnapping

    UPDATE - Boise, Sept. 22, 2011 - Boise Police are releasing a composite sketch of a person of interest in the attempted kidnapping of a child near Willow Lane Athletic Complex Monday night, Sept. 19th.

    Officers would like to speak to the person of interest. Anyone who recognizes the image and may have a name or location of the individual is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. 

    In addition, detectives have developed additional suspect information. 

    UpdatedSuspect description: Witnesses say the suspect is a lighter complected black male. Monday night he was wearing all white clothing; a white long sleeve shirt, white pants, white shoes and a white ball cap with a NY Yankee logo. The suspect may have either a scar or tattoo above one eye. He's further described as appearing young, possibly mid-20's, with short hair.

     He was riding a mountain bike with a child seat on the back. 

    The suspect was last seen Monday night riding the bike into Willow Lane park. 

    Witnesses say they believe they saw the suspect Sunday, Sept. 18th, riding his bike in the Willow Lane area. At that time he was dressed similar to above although in addition to the NY Yankees hat, Sunday the man wore a shirt with a NY Yankees logo as well.

    Crime Stoppers: Again, anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.  

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  Boise, Sept. 20, 2011 - Boise Police are searching for a man who allegedly picked up a child by the arm and tried to put him in a child seat on the back of a bicycle. Problem is, the man was a stranger to the child. The incident was reported last night about 10:00 p.m. near the Willow Lane Athletic Complex in Northwest Boise.

    What Happened: Officers were called by witnesses shortly after 10:00 p.m. last night to Willow Lane near the Athletic Complex and the greenbelt. Witnesses told officers they heard the child, a 6 year old boy screaming for his mother. When a witness began running toward the child, the man reportedly let go of the little boy and rode off on his bike.

    Suspect description: Witnesses say the suspect is a lighter complected black male wearing all white clothing; a white long sleeve shirt, white pants, white shoes and a white ball cap with a NY Yankee logo. The suspect may have either a scar or tattoo above one eye. He's further described as appearing young, possibly mid-20's, with short hair.

    He was riding a bicycle with a child seat on the back. 

    The suspect was last seen riding the bike into Willow Lane park. 

    Witnesses say they believe they have seen the suspect before, riding his bike in the Willow Lane area.

    Crime Stoppers:Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.

    Child Safety Tips:  "No - Go- Tell"

    The child involved told responding officers he had just been through a "stranger danger" class and knew to yell loudly if approached by a stranger. Officers say the child did just the right thing, and advise other parents to talk to their children about the "No - Go- Tell" lesson:

  • Yell "No!"when someone asks a child to approach an unknown vehicle, house or tries to grab the child.
  • "Go", run away
  • "Tell"a trusted adult who can call police.

    If the child can remember a good description of the suspicious person or vehicle, parents should give that information immediately to police. However, the child should know, getting to a safe place is the most important thing.