Milpitas Police are searching for a man who attempted to abduct a child from the Great Mall on Sunday, Jan. 6.
At approximately 5:04 p.m. that day, the Milpitas police were notified of an abduction at Sporters team apparel store located inside the Great Mall, according to Milpitas Police Sergeant Raj Majaraj.
The victim’s mother was shopping inside Sporters and holding her son’s right hand when she felt a tug and let go of him thinking her husband had walked away with their child.
The mother checked on her family and noticed the suspect was holding the victim’s left hand and exiting the store.
The mom yelled out at the suspect, who was no more than ten feet away, and the suspect let go of the victim’s hand. The suspect was last seen walking away from the store and into the mall. The victim was unharmed.
The victim’s mom described the suspect as an Asian male adult, 50 to 60 years old, 5’-04” to 5’-08” tall, approximately 200 pounds (pot belly), and receding black hair. The suspect was last seen wearing black down jacket with stitching and black jeans.
All on-duty personnel were dispatched to the Great Mall and, with the assistance of Great Mall Security, a perimeter was established at all the mall entrances.
Milpitas Police Officers walked the mall in search of the suspect for approximately an hour, but the suspect could not be located.
The Milpitas Police Department is seeking witnesses or information regarding this attempted abduction, and encouraging anyone with information to call the department at (408) 586-2400.
Information can also be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website.