Police praise boy who escaped 'assailant'
A nine-year-old Ashburton boy fought off a man who attempted to lure him into his car with lollies.
Ashburton police are on the hunt for a man aged in his 30s driving a green car, after he allegedly tried to abduct the boy while he was riding his scooter on Saunders Rd, near State Highway 1, in Ashburton on Sunday.
The boy was injured in the altercation.
It is the second time this year a child has almost been abducted in Ashburton, after police failed to find the man responsible for a similar incident involving an eight-year-old girl on Harrison St in May.
Detective Sergeant Jennifer Hooke said the boy was approached about 10.50am, and offered lollies by the offender.
''The boy refused and has scootered away from the man on Saunders Rd towards Galbraith St,'' Hooke said.
She said the man followed and approached the boy again. The boy managed to break free from his grasp before fleeing home.
The boy sustained minor injuries, but did not need medical treatment.
He last saw the green car drive into Russell Ave, Hooke said.
Hooke commended the young boy ''for telling the man to leave him alone and getting help from an adult''.
Police described the man as thin, with dark features and short hair.
His car was green with tinted windows.
The police would like to speak to any persons who were in the area near SH1 at the time or who saw a young boy on a scooter.