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Police release sketch of suspected kidnapper

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police have released a composite sketch of a man they believe may have tried to abduct an 11-year-old boy while he was walking to school last month.

About 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 17, the boy was headed south on 900 East and crossed 400 South to Bennion Elementary School. On the southwest corner of the intersection, the boy felt someone grab him from behind and felt himself being carried away, according to a statement released by police on Friday.

The boy fought his alleged kidnapper, screamed and made a lot of noise, causing the man to release him and run toward the nearby TRAX station, where he boarded the oncoming train and got away.

After interviewing the boy, police were able to come up with a drawing of what the man might look like. The boy told police the man he saw was white and in his late teens or early 20s. He had pale skin with acne-like marks on both cheeks. At the time of the alleged attack, the man was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black stocking cap and dark jeans.

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call the Salt Lake police Tips for Cash hotline at 801-799-INFO or send an e-mail to tipsforcash@slcgov.com.

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