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Alton, Ill. teen quick to react after stranger attempts to lure him into truck

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(KMOV) -- Ethan Yount reacted quickly Tuesday when he says a stranger tried to lure him into a truck near a school bus stop in Alton.

“(He) rolled down the window, asked me to get in the car.  I told him ‘no’.  He said get in the car now,” says 14-year- old Yount, a freshman at Alton High School. “I never thought this would happen to me,” he adds.

Ethan ran to a nearby family friend’s house at Alby St. and Brentwood Blvd. and called his mom, Rebecca Coleman.

“I was scared to death, I never thought anything like that would happen around here,” says Coleman.

Coleman called police who then canvassed the neighborhood and began searching for the suspect’s vehicle.  Ethan got a good look at the truck, which he told police was a dark-colored older model Chevy, with an extended cab and a long bed.  There are also dents along the passenger side door, he said.

Extra police patrols were out Wednesday afternoon watching bus stops, said Emily Hejna with the Alton Police Department. 

Authorities are asking the public to keep an eye out for the truck and the driver who is described as a white male, in his 30’s, with dark brown hair.  Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call (618) 463-3505.

Alton Community Unit School District 11 Wednesday afternoon sent out a phone and email safety alert to parents warning them of the incident.  Assistant Superintendent Kristie Baumgartner says the alert was issued after being informed of the attempted abduction by Alton Police.

The incident marked the second child abduction attempt in the St. Louis area in less than 24 hours, and the seventh in less than two weeks.

Coleman is proud of her son for reacting the way he did and wants other parents to keep an eye on their children.

“You never know what could happen no matter their age or how big they are,” says Coleman.


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