Boy grabbed at playground used stick to fight off masked man, ran to neighbor's for help

Investigators looking for man involved

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - When a masked man grabbed a boy at a playground in Larimer County, the boy hit him with a stick and ran to a neighbor's house for help.

The attempted abduction happened in the Campion area, south of Loveland, at about 3 p.m. Saturday, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

The 10-year-old boy said a man wearing a black mask grabbed him at the playground by Campion Academy.

The boy described the man as 5'11" - 6'0" tall with a medium build. The man was dressed in dark pants and a black hoodie investigators said.

The Sheriff's Office is encouraging parents to talk to their children about how they should handle dangerous situations.

"One way is to teach them 'NO, GO, YELL, TELL.' If in a dangerous situation, kids should say no, run away, yell as loud as they can, and tell a trusted adult what happened right away," the sheriff's office recommended.

"Make sure that your children know that it is okay to say no to an adult in a dangerous situation and to yell to keep themselves safe, even if they are indoors," officials said.

The sheriff's office  is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the report and anyone with information in asked to contact Investigator James Woods at 970-416-1985.

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