Police are commending a young boy and his parents after the brave way he fought off a potential kidnapper recently.
Twelve-year-old Duncan Jensen was walking home from his cousin’s house in Centerville, Utah, when a stranger in a nearby car called out to him and asked, “Hey kid do you want some candy?”
Recognizing the danger, Duncan politely answered, “No, thank you,” and tried to cross the street, but the stranger jumped out of his car, grabbed Duncan, and started dragging him back by his shirt.
It was a terrifying moment for the young boy and Duncan’s mind raced as he tried to figure out what to do. That’s when he remembered some advice his parents had given him.
“We say if you get to the point where you think you may be taken, we want you to punch, bite, scratch, you do whatever you can to get away from whoever is trying to take you,” Duncan’s dad, Jerry Jensen, said.
Thankfully, Duncan had been playing with his keys while he walked and had the key ring in between his knuckles. When his abductor looked back at him, Duncan took the opportunity and punched him.
“He said, ‘When the guy looked back at me, Dad, I just – I gave it to him,’” Jerry recalled. “The guy dropped. My son just took off running up towards the park.”
Duncan ran to a nearby park and hid behind some rocks. His would-be kidnapper followed in the car and pulled into the parking lot, but drove off a short time later.
Duncan stayed hidden for about 30 minutes until he felt safe, then raced home and told his parents what had happened. They were horrified, but also incredibly thankful that Duncan had made it home alive and unharmed.
“You never think something like this is going to happen and it will. It does,” Duncan’s mom, Tenisha Jensen, said.
The Jensens are glad Duncan remembered what they had told him and fought back against his kidnapper.
“He’s a stud,” Jerry said.
“He’s a tough kid,” Tenisha added. “He’s been through a lot. That was his instinct kicking in.”
Now the Jensens are urging other parents to talk to their kids about what to do if – God forbid – something like this ever happens to them.
“There’s 1,000 different scenarios that could have gone differently,” Jerry said. “One little thing could have gone wrong and be a different story. We don’t even want to think about.”
Police are now looking for the man who tried to take off with Duncan. The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s with blond hair and a tattoo on his neck. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black shirt and blue shorts. His vehicle is described as an older sedan, possibly a blue four-door model.
“We have increased our patrols in the area before and after school and have informed Davis County School District,” police said in a statement. “Officers conducted an initial canvas of the neighborhood, no one that we spoke with witnessed the incident.”
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