EL MONTE (CBSLA.com) — Police sought the public’s help Tuesday to locate a man who attempted to kidnap a 9-year-old boy in front of an elementary school in El Monte.

The incident took place around 2 p.m. Thursday outside of La Primaria Elementary School, according to police.

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Officers said the man walked up to the boy, grabbed his right wrist and then pulled at him as he waited for his mother.

The boy suffered a scratch to his arm, but was able to get away from the man, who fled eastbound on Ramona Boulevard.

Detectives described the suspect as a man believed to be in his 30s who stands around 6-foot-2 tall, weighs 180 pounds, has a shaved head, pock mocks on both sides of his face and has brown eyes.

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He was last seen wearing a black shirt with an unknown pattern, black pants and red colored shoes.

The suspect has a dragon tattoo on the back on his head, the name Maria tattooed on the left side of his neck, and another tattoo of a skull on his upper chest, detectives added.

Police believe the man may be a transient who is known to frequent the area around the 605 Freeway near the San Gabriel river bed.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this suspect has been urged to contact the El Monte Police Department at (626) 580-2172.