Braintree police step up patrols after report of attempted abduction of 13-year-old

Braintree police are increasing patrols near schools after a 13-year-old boy reported that he was nearly abducted by a man Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The boy was walking down Wildwood Avenue after exiting the school bus around 2:30 p.m. when a dark green minivan pulled alongside him and kept pace while he walked, Braintree police police said.

After rolling the passenger side window down, the driver told the boy to “get in the car.” When the boy refused, the van pulled ahead and onto the curb to cut him off. The man then opened the passenger door and grabbed the boy’s wrist.

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After breaking free from the man’s grip, the boy ran home. He told police the man had short red hair, sideburns, and stubble, and was 30 to 40 years old. The van may be a Toyota Sienna with darkened rear windows, police said.

“Officers have increased their visibility in the area of all our elementary and middle schools and detectives will be patrolling in unmarked vehicles,” Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement. “All officers are being vigilant for any vehicles matching the description given by the young boy.”

Police urged anyone with information to call Braintree police at 781-843-1212. The incident does not appear to be related to the similar attempted abduction in Whitman last week, police said.