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Police say the man shown in this composite sketch grabbed a boy's wrists and attempted to pull him, but the boy screamed and managed to escape and run home. (Toronto Police Service)

Toronto police have released a composite sketch of a suspect after the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old boy earlier this month in the area of College Street and Dovercourt Road.

On Feb. 7 police responded to a call at about 6 p.m., after the boy said he was approached by a man in front of 961 College St.

Police said in a news release that the man took the boy's wrists and attempted to pull him, but the boy screamed and managed to escape and run home.

The suspect is described as white, six feet, with a medium build and blonde sideburns. He had a skull tattoo on his right cheek and was wearing a blue/white baseball hat, a red jacket, camouflage cargo pants and brown sandals with white socks. He is also believed to be a smoker.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

Toronto police offer the following tips to protect children against potential abductors.

Teach your child:

  • Their name, age, telephone number including the area code, address, city and province.
  • How to contact you, the police, fire department, or ambulance service in the event of an emergency.
  • To keep you informed as to their whereabouts at all times.
  • Never to admit to being alone in the home when answering the telephone.
  • Never to invite strangers into the house or answer the door when home alone.
  • Never to approach or enter a stranger’s car.
  • Never hitchhike.
  • That a police officer is a friend who can be relied upon when he/she is lost or needs help.
  • Never to play alone, always be with friends.