Yarmouth police are looking for a man who tried to lure a juvenile into his van from a local Dollar General store Saturday afternoon, the department said in a statement.
Police released images of a man who matches the description of the suspect, and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.
The suspect was reportedly waiting by the store’s exit while the juvenile purchased an item from the store and was on his way out around 4 p.m., Yarmouth police said in their statement, which was posted to Facebook late Monday morning.
As the juvenile was leaving, he noticed the man by the exit.
“As he walked by the male, the male stated to him that he had candy for him in his van,” the statement said. “The man then extended his arm to try and guide the juvenile to his parked van which was nearby with its sliding door open.”
The juvenile went to a nearby home, where police were called.
Police met up with the juvenile at the home, where he was out of breath and told officers that he was almost kidnapped from the store, the statement said.
Officers determined the juvenile was not injured and did not require medical care, the statement said.
The suspect was described as appearing between 40 to 50 years old, with a shaved head, a beard, and wearing a white shirt and green shorts. He had a tan minivan parked nearby, police said.
Yarmouth police detectives have taken over the investigation, with technical support from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Yarmouth police at 508-775-0445 extension 0 or extension 2134, the statement said.