FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – The mother of a boy who was grabbed in an apparent kidnapping attempt in northern Colorado earlier this week says she was outraged by what happened.

“I was about to step out of my character to help God beat the evil out of this guy,” said Lisa Carlson Ortiz, referring to Tuesday’s incident.

Ortiz said her 12-year-old son was looking for his siblings in a Larimer County open space area near Boxelder Creek where children from her neighborhood play when the incident happened.

Attempted Kidnapping

A man hiding behind a tree apparently grabbed the boy, but he got away and ran home.

“When he came down the hill here this gentlemen had come out here behind the tree and grabbed him by the arm and attempted to pull him in,” she said. “We don’t know what his intention was.”

When she found out what happened, Ortiz says she went after the man but wasn’t able to locate him.

Police have released a sketch out of the man suspected in the case. He was described as being between 45 and 50 and was white with messy, short black hair and a goatee but no moustache.

(credit: Larimer County Sheriff’s Office)

(credit: Larimer County Sheriff’s Office)

“The kids love to come out here and explore and at this point they can’t do that. Nobody can do that. It’s been taken away from these kids,” Ortiz said.

The incident has been an eye opener for children in the neighborhood, according to Ortiz.

“To these kids, when we keep telling them ‘Be in by dark, Be in by dark,’ they can now relate to why they should be in by dark,” she said.

“This is their safety, they’ve been violated. This is now this is now a trauma to them. It’s betrayal, it’s not fair.”

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