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Mother discusses attempted kidnapping of her son in Bristol

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A Bristol mother described her fears to Eyewitness News after a 9-year-old was almost abducted.

"You don't think it's going to happen to your child," said mother Renee Arthur. "You don't."

According to police, the unidentified child was walking on Beech Street just after dark. The child passed a parked grayish or green-colored van with no back windows. 

Someone jumped out of the vehicle and yelled at the child to get inside; however, he ran away.

"I could tell he was a little bit upset and he told me what happened, that someone tried to get him into their van," Arthur said.

Police were called to the area, but officers were unable to locate the suspect.

"Children should always be aware that this can happen. You hate to scare them too much," said Bristol police Lt. Donn Watson. "They should be aware of it and know what to do, and run away - certainly not approach the vehicle."

Police are looking for a light-skinned black man, who is 5'7" with a beard. He was wearing a dark winter coat and a baseball hat.

"Usually you find a window rolled down and somebody makes a comment to someone walking by," Watson said. "But in this case, he actually exited the vehicle and I thought that made it more definitive."

In December, two 9-year-olds were nearly abducted on the same day in different locations. In total, there have been four reported attempted abductions.

Police said they do not believe that the abductions are connected, but they said there is not enough information at this time.

It makes me feel even worse, because we live right here," said parent Evelyn Morel of Bristol. "Sometimes we forget to lock the door, so we never know who might come in."

Police told Eyewitness News that they want parents to open the lines of communication with their kids about dealing with strangers.

Arthur is glad her son knew what to do.

"He did do the right thing. He did," she said. "I told him he did."

Anyone with any information is being asked to call the Bristol Police Department at 860-584-3011.

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