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Man tries to lure 12-year-old boy into truck in Santee, authorities say

San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Posted at 7:41 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 07:29:03-05

SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) -- Authorities are searching for a man they say tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into his truck on his way home from school in Santee Thursday afternoon.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the incident happened on the 9900 block of Riverwalk Drive around 3:15 p.m.

Deputies say the 12-year-old was walking home from school when an unknown man drove up next to him in a newer model Ford F-150.

The man told the boy he was sent by his father to pick him up and told him to get in the truck.

The young boy ran to a nearby apartment complex and the suspect took off eastbound on Riverside Drive.

The young boy’s parents told investigators that neither she or the boy’s father asked to have their son picked up.

The suspect is described as a white male, roughly 40 to 49-years-old with short, blonde hair, stubble on his face and was wearing a brown Hurley baseball cap and a white a blue short-sleeved plaid shirt.

The vehicle is described as a dirty, newer model, single cab white Ford F-150 with lifted black rims.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.