Monroe police search for man who tried abducting 12-year-old taking out trash

- A 12-year-old boy who was taking out the trash Thursday night was nearly abducted by a man, the Monroe Police Department said.

According to police, the boy was taking out the trash around 8 p.m. in the 600 block of Eastchester. He said a red van drove past him, circled the block, and then pulled up next to the curb. The driver told the boy to get into the van.

Instead, the 12-year-old ran back inside and waited for his dad to come home. The boy said he didn't know the driver and described him as a white man in his 40s or 50s with several tattoos and a black hat.

His dad called police and by the time they searched the area, the man and the van were gone.

A neighbor said she saw a red Pontiac van in the area and that she had never seen the vehicle before. She could not see the driver.

As police searched the area, a maroon Pontiac Montana was found a few blocks away from the area. In the van they found a black hat with the word 'sheriff' on the front.

The van had Ohio plates and was not occupied. Police searched the neighborhood to find an owner but were unable to do so.

Anyone with information, regarding the driver of this vehicle, please contact the Monroe Police Department.

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