Sex offender cleared in attempted abduction, suspect sought

Sex offender cleared in boy's attempted abduction, suspect still at large

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YUMA, Ariz. -

Yuma Police are looking for a registered sex offender who they say tried to abduct a 12-year-old boy Thursday morning.

Just before 8 a.m., police responded to a call of an attempted child abduction in the area of 20th St and South Avenue A in Yuma.

A 12-year-old boy was walking to school when a man came up behind him, called to him, and then grabbed him, according to Yuma Police.

The boy fought his attacker and was able to escape to a nearby Circle K and call his parents. They called police.

Yuma Police had initially suspected 19-year-old Jason Riddle, a registered sex offender, in the crime. 

Riddle was interviewed but cleared of involvement. Police did however arrest him on an outstanding felony warrant from failing to register as a sex offender. He was booked into the Yuma County Detention Center.

The unknown suspect is described as a white male, teenage or young adult, 6'1" and 210 lbs., with brown hair and eyes, and a tattoo and scar on his face. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, black shorts, and red and white shoes. He fled the area on foot.

The victim received minor injuries but is going to be okay.

TIPLINE: Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700

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