Police investigate attempted kidnapping
KENOVA -- The Kenova Police Department is investigating an attempted kidnapping that was reported Saturday afternoon.
The suspects and vehicle described by the victim also are similar to three other attempted kidnappings in 2012 in Wayne County, according to Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman.
Saturday's reported incident involved a 10-year-old boy, Mossman said. The boy was on his bicycle in the 1600 block of Poplar Street about 1 p.m. when a Ford cargo van pulled up behind the boy. A man in the vehicle asked the boy if he needed a ride. The boy refused and ran away to hide when the man started to exit the van, Mossman said.
Based on interviews with the boy and tips gathered Saturday and Sunday, the vehicle is described as a 1985 Ford cargo van that is spray painted black with a flat gray primer. The original paint is reported to be bleeding through the spray paint, Mossman said. The van also had a loud exhaust and may not have had windows in the cargo area, he said.
The victim also told police that the license plate was dirty, but he remembers seeing a "6" on it, Mossman said.
There were two white males in the vehicle. The driver was described as between 50 and 60 years old with a flat-top haircut and a long, gray beard. The passenger is described as having a chest-length, salt-and-pepper beard with a barbed wire tattoo on one of his wrists.
Mossman said the incident is similar to suspect and vehicle information gathered in two other incidents in Kenova in February and April of last year. The Wayne County Sheriff's Department also investigated an attempted kidnapping with similar information on Hidden Valley Drive in February 2012, Mossman said.
Investigators spent Sunday passing out fliers listing the vehicle and suspect descriptions to businesses in Kenova and fielding calls from residents with tips, Mossman said.
Anyone with information about the incident is advised to call the Police Department at 304-453-1281.