Police: Child reports attempted abduction near St. Brendan's school

Boston Police issued a "community alert" on Monday after a 12 year-old boy was the victim of an alleged attempted abduction on his way to St. Brendan School. According to the police alert, the child was approached by a stranger at about 8:15 a.m. Monday as he walked to the school along Gallivan Boulevard.

The unknown male- described as a white male, age 40-50 - attempted to pull the boy by the arm into a vacant lot next to 663 Gallivan Boulevard. The boy broke free and made his way to the school, where he immediately notified the principal, police say.

Police canvassed the area around the school and Florian Hall, but did not spot the suspect.

"We did a full-court press," said Capt. John Greland, commander of the District C-11 police. "We fielded a ton of phone calls from people in the area. We put a lot of resources down there to address it. So far, we haven't come up with anything."

The suspect was further described as 200 pounds, 5 foot 10 inches tall, wearing a black waist-length leather jacket with red sleeves, blue jeans with faded white spots near the thighs of both legs, a black baseball cap with black sunglasses, wearing gray New Balance sneakers.

They ask anyone with information to contact the Detectives at C-11, at 617-343-4335.Community members who wish to remain anonymous can either call the CrimeStoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS (8477) or text the word TIP to CRIME (27463).