Men Try to Abduct Boy, 12
From today's Metro section:
Two men in a van tried to abduct a 12-year-old Fairfax County boy as he walked to school Tuesday morning, but the boy fled to a neighbor's home, police said.
The incident began about 8:30 a.m. on Rhododendron Circle in the Lorton area. As the boy reached Native Violet Drive, he heard the van's horn blowing but ignored it, police said.
The driver continued honking and seemed to be following the boy, so the boy called his father on his cellphone, and the father told him to call police.
The boy ran to two nearby houses but got no response, and a passenger in the van rolled down his window and grabbed the boy's arm, police said. The boy wrested free and ran back to Rhododendron Circle and escaped into another home.
He told police that the vehicle appeared to be an older Ford panel van with faded orange lettering on the side spelling "Tiling Co," with a depiction of tiles under a phone number. One of the suspects had two tattoos, including one on his neck simulating a necklace, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 866-411-TIPS.
-- Tom Jackman