Reporting Maria Medina
STOCKTON (CBS13) — The search is on for a man who police say tried to kidnap a little boy in broad daylight by plying him with candy.
Every Friday during their summer break, these boys volunteer at a church and hand out food to the homeless. On their last Friday before school starts, 11-year-old Tyler Canterberry says a man tried to kidnap him.
“He was in a van. He pulled up in front of me.”
Just a block away from his home, Tyler says a stranger in a green van pulled up to him.
“He said, ‘Do you want candy?’ I couldn’t understand him, so I said, ‘What?’ and he said, ‘You want some candy?’ and I started freaking out and I started calling for help.”
Tyler says when he screamed for help, the man unbuckled his seatbelt, and was ready to get out of his van.
“And then he says, ‘You better get the eff in my car.’”
Words that Tyler will never forget, and make his mother angry.
Christina Morales says her boys usually stick together when they bike to a nearby church where the boys volunteer.
On Friday though, Tyler’s older brother made it home first.
“His brother went back and found him talking to the neighbors that came out.”
Tyler’s brother found him with neighbors trying to console the 11-year-old. They heard his cries for help, and when they went out side, the man in that green van sped off.
The boys say if they’re brave enough to venture out again, they’ll make sure to stick together.
They’ll also look out for the man, who Tyler says has a lip that sticks up.
The man was driving a green van that was possibly an Astro. He was in his 20s, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.