July 2, 2017-The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department says the van pictured above is similar to one used in an attempted child abduction on Thursday June 29. On Friday, the LaPorte County Sheriff first issued a warning regarding the adbuction attempt stating “The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted child abduction that occurred in the Fish Lake area in east central La Porte County Thursday evening. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at 6:13 PM (CST) from a resident in the 7400 E block of SR 4 in the community of Fish Lake. Upon arrival they learned that the homeowner was outside of his home and in the yard with his one-year-old son nearby. A person approached from a vehicle that was parked near the end of the driveway, presumably broke down, and asked the homeowner for some water. The homeowner obliged and when he returned outside the suspect was attempting to put the one-year-old child in a duffle bag. The homeowner confronted the suspect and physically assaulted him, took his son into the home and when he went back outside to confront the suspect, he was fleeing in his vehicle.”
Police have now released a more detailed description of the suspect and the vehicle involved in the incident. “The suspect is being described as a white male in his 40’s with brown, scruffy “surfer” type hair, 5’11” tall, 200 pounds and a stocky “athletic” build. The suspect was described as having tan and leathery skin, crow’s feet around his eyes and was unshaven. He was also described as wearing rings on the fingers of both hands. At the time of the incident he was wearing a white tee-shirt, gray camouflage shorts, brown work boots with white socks.
“The vehicle that the suspect fled in was described as being similar to a silver or gray 1990’s model Ford Aerostar van. The father of the one-year-old victim does not believe that there was anyone else in the van.”
Anyone that has information regarding this case or that may have seen the suspect vehicle in the area of Fish Lake Thursday around 6:00 PM (CST) is asked to call the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office at 219.326.7700.
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