CAMPION, Colo. (CBS4)– Deputies with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office are searching for man who tried to take a boy from a playground in Campion.
The 10-year-old boy was playing on a playground at Campion Academy located at 300 42nd St SW about 3 p.m. on Saturday when a man approached him and grabbed him. Campion is located between Loveland and Berthoud along Highway 287.
The boy was able to strike the man with a stick and ran to a neighbor’s home for help.
The boy told police the man was 5-foot-11 to 6-feet tall with a medium build. The man was dressed in dark pants, a black hoodie and was wearing a black mask.
Parents are concerned about what happened as they prepare to spend a lot of time outdoors as the temperatures heat up.
“We’re celebrating my mom’s birthday, my daughter’s birthday and graduation,” said Campion resident Emily Humphrey. “It’s very scary and very unnerving. I have three teenagers.”
Melanie Humphrey is reminded of another incident several years ago when her daughter was almost abducted.
“We taught them to run as soon as they could and she came home crying, but at least she knew what to do,” said Humphrey.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging parents to talk to their children about how they should handle dangerous situations. One way is to teach them “NO, GO, YELL, TELL.” In a dangerous situation children should say no, run away, yell as loud as they can and tell a trusted adult what happened right away.
“I think it’s best to be aware and not be overly trusting,” said Humphrey.
Make sure that your children know that it is okay to say no to an adult in a dangerous situation and to yell to keep themselves safe, even if they are indoors.