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Salem police searching for stranger who grabbed 9-year-old boy near bus stop

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The flyer some neighbors came home to in the neighborhood where a boy reported a stranger grabbed him. (KPTV) The flyer some neighbors came home to in the neighborhood where a boy reported a stranger grabbed him. (KPTV)

Police are searching for a stranger who grabbed a 9-year-old boy walking to his school bus stop in Salem.

Police said the boy was walking from his home to the bus stop near the intersection of Stellars Eagle Street Northwest and Bald Eagle Northwest at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

The boy told investigators he was approached by an unknown man who grabbed his arm. The child pulled away from the suspect, who then pushed the boy to the ground.

The boy got up and ran away, but he said the suspect followed him in a vehicle.

The child was eventually found walking along Highway 22 by an Oregon State Police trooper.

The boy sustained a scrape to his arm and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

"It's very, very scary. Especially having young ones, too," said Charlotte Lysne, who has two young kids and lives near that intersection. "This is not something that you would think would happen to your own child or in your own neighborhood."

Lysne said the scare is sparking conversations between neighbors about safety and being more watchful.

"With our next door neighbor, definitely, we already discussed the kids," she said. "We really need to keep our eye on them when they're playing on the weekends or after school."

"We've never had any issues over here, so it's kind of scary," said Robert Ochoa, who also lives nearby and has a young son.

Ochoa checked his home surveillance camera to see if it recorded anything suspicious, but it did not.

His 11-year-old son, Alex, said it's a learning experience for him as well.

"I kind of felt like I know not to go on my own or to be more careful," Alex said. "I'm kind of wondering if it's one of my friends down the street or if it's somebody close."

The suspect in this case is described as a white man in his 30s with blue eyes. He was wearing a Boston Red Sox cap. The boy told police the man was driving an old black and rusted vehicle that squealed when he drove.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Salem Police Department Youth Services Unit at 503-588-6257.

The Salem Police Department reminds parents to talk to their children about "stranger danger."

"If approached by a stranger, children should not talk to them, accept rides or anything else from them and should immediately leave and report the incident to an adult. Likewise, all of us should be aware of our surroundings and watch for suspicious activities and immediately report those activities to law enforcement," according to a Salem Police Department statement.

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