SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Parents in Santa Ana are on high alert Thursday evening.
Police say two women tried to abduct a 7-year-old boy who was walking home from school on Monday afternoon around 2:30.
The boy got away but officials fear the women will try to abduct another child.
Stacey Butler, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, sat down with the boy and his mother Thursday evening for an exclusive interview.
She said the mother was reluctant to talk but thought the story was important enough for other parents to hear.
Said the boy, “They offered me ice cream. And I’m like, ‘No. I don’t want ice cream.’ Because I know you are trying to trick me. Try and steal me.’”
The attempted abduction took place just steps from the boy’s school — Newhope Elementary.
The boy says after he heard one of the women say “Just hurry up, just hurry up [and grab him],” he fled. “I didn’t want to get kidnapped. So I just ran.”
The child’s mother said, “I can’t believe this could happen to us. And it happened so fast.”
Santa Ana police questioned several witnesses and corroborated the boy’s story.
Authorities are now looking for a gold Toyota minivan.
Santa Ana Police Department spokesperson Anthony Bertagna said, “We are hoping if someone sees the vehicle or the women, they can give us a call.”
A letter sent to parents reminded them to talk to their children about ‘stranger danger’ and what to do in similar situations.
Butler spoke to a parent who said she will not not allow her daughter to walk home alone. “That’s what is really scary about this situation,” said the parent, “and it’s women. You just never know.”
The suspects are described as Latinas, in their early 30s or 40s. One has a heavy build with a fair complexion and long ponytail. The other woman was described as having dark, short and wavy hair. She also has freckles and a darker complexion.
If you know these women, you are asked to call Santa Ana Police.