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TPS warns of attempted abduction from Tulsa school

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 9/27/2013 9:53 am Published: 9/26/2013 3:08 pm

A young Tulsa boy says he narrowly escaped being kidnapped.

The boy told police a man grabbed his arm and held a gun to his head as he walked home from Peary Elementary school on Wednesday afternoon.

Bralin Claybon, 9, tells FOX23 that he is grateful to be safe back home at his grandmother's house.

"When he pulled the gun, I thought I wasn't going to see my family anymore," says Bralin.

His grandmother says he had an experience that no 9-year-old should ever have to go through.

Bralin says he was walking home with some friends from school when they turned to go down their street and he continued on alone.

"I heard a stick crack and that's when I looked back and he told me to get in the car," he says.

Bralin tells FOX23 that a man driving a red SUV pulled up next to him and demanded that he get inside.

"I said no and he grabbed me and pointed the gun at me, and I yanked away from him and ran away," he says.

Bralin ran the two blocks home from school and immediately told his grandmother what happened.

"He was like, 'Granny, he was grabbing my arm and he was pulling on me trying to get me in his car,'" says Marquetta Grimes.

She said she found it hard to believe.

"He stuck a gun in my baby's face and that's when he said he pulled away from the man and took off running," says Grimes.

Marquetta says the family felt helpless and didn't know what to do.

The next morning, it kept weighing on her heart, and she knew she had to tell the police and the school what happened to her grandson.

"Then I started really thinking about it and looking at all the kids that you see are missing and it just really started bothering me," says Grimes.

The principal at Peary Elementary School sent home a letter to parents explaining the situation. She also stressed the importance of talking to children about strangers, and making sure they know what to do if they are ever in a similar situation.

Grimes filled out a police report. The man is described as being a white male wearing a dark hoodie and wearing gold rings and a watch. He was driving a red SUV.

Police want people to be on the lookout for a red SUV and contact police if they have any information at 918-596-COPS.

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Mayor Maynot - 9/26/2013 11:11 PM
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Deejay. I'm in agreement with you. Granny should have called police as soon as she found out. Like you said that gives LE the earliest chance to get started on preventing this class AAA jerk from being more successful at doing anything like this to others. Here's hopes for removing this piece of garbage from our streets before they get a chance to do real harm to any family.

deejay - 9/26/2013 3:54 PM
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Just curious, why didn't the parents call the police instead of the school? The police would be anyone's first choice you would think since they would have the ability to actually do something like take a report, have officers looking for the truck/person, get a good description..things like that. The school could always be called second. I would want to make sure if someone was trying to abduct my child that I knew law enforcement was notified and were actively searching for them so that it couldn't happen again to my child or any other person's child. It bothers me that they didn't because it almost sounds like they didn't believe their son. I am not accusing them of that, but you must believe your children when they tell you something and report it. If it is not true, the police will get the bottom of not wait around and try to figure that out yourself.
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