Teenager fled after man apparently tried to grab him near car in Central Long Beach

Long Beach police are investigating a possible attempted kidnapping after a 15-year-old said a man tried to grab him next to the trunk of a car, according to authorities.

Police said this happened around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on Linden Avenue near Anaheim Street. That’s where the boy was walking when a man and a woman asked him for help, Sgt. Vincent Otto said.

“The juvenile approached the trunk of the suspect’s vehicle where the male adult opened his arms like he was going to hug him,” Otto said.

At this point, the boy ran home and told his mother what happened, Otto said.

Officers are still investigating and have canvassed the area looking for security camera video of the incident, police said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.