Police are investigating an attempted abduction in East St. Louis. Police received the call around 8:30 Thursday morning.
A middle school student walking to school by himself was grabbed by the suspect and dragged under the front porch of a house on the 700 block of 81st Street.
East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore rounded up policemen early this evening to form another search for the suspect.
Floore described the suspect as a black male with a medium build, 25-30 years of age, wearing black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap.
Police say the victim was able to escape the attempted abduction because he screamed and fought the suspect. When his screams were heard by other children in the neighborhood, the suspect ran off when the other kids arrived to see what was happening.
The East St. Louis school board sent parents a notice advising their children walk to school in groups.
The victim in this case normally walks to school with a friend, but was not this morning. His quick thinking saved him from being kidnapped or worse.
Police Chief Floore also credits the neighborhood kids that heard the commotion and walked over to help a lot of credit for running the suspect off and potentially saving that young man's life.