Police Investigate Report of Attempted Kidnapping

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    San Diego police are investigating a report of an attempted abduction of a child near downtown San Diego.

    A man in an older model blue van tried to lure a 12-year old boy into his van at about 3 p.m. Thursday as the boy was walking home on Hughes St. from Darnell Elementary School, according to police spokesperson Gary Hassen.

    The boy ignored him, but the man got out of the van and tried to pull the boy into his vehicle. The boy fought back and was able to escape, but his shirt was ripped during the struggle, police said.

    The boy then ran home about a block away where his mother called police. The boy is physically okay, but he is shaken up, police said.

    "I'm shocked that this happened right here outside the school," said Mike Boon.

    His 6 year old son is a student at Darnell.

    "You just got to teach your kids to keep an eye out for anything suspicious," Boon said.

    A police helicopter searched for the van but couldn't find it. Patrol cars were also actively searching the area.

    The suspect is described as being intoxicated, in his 30s-40s with medium to long black or brown hair. He was also wearing a dirty white shirt and jeans, police said.

    If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, call police.