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Crime Stoppers is looking for assistance in identifying a kidnapping suspect who attempted to abduct an 11 year-old boy in Vista earlier this month.

On January 10, the boy was walking home from Madison Middle School on South Melrose Drive near an Albertson’s grocery store when he noticed a man following him. After walking for another half mile, the suspect began to chase the boy, who attempted to run but was grabbed by his backpack. The victim shrugged out of the backpack, leaving it with his attacker, and continued to flee.

Authorities describe the suspect as “a Hispanic male between 30 to 40 years old with a dark complexion. He has a normal build with a double chin and pronounced ears.”

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 award for information leading to an arrest. Tips can be submitted at (888) 580-8477, and callers have the option of remaining anonymous.

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