Boy snatched from bus stop at gunponit

  1. Police comb area for boy reportedly snatched at gunpoint

    PARRISH, Florida (CNN) -- Police were searching Friday for a 13-year-old boy who witnesses said was abducted at gunpoint from a school bus stop in Parrish, Florida, authorities said.


    The suspect -- who police say was described as either Hispanic or a white male "with a dark tan" -- approached the bus stop Friday morning, said Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells.
    Other children at the bus stop told police that Clay Moore resisted getting into the suspect's red, early-model, extended-cab pickup truck, Wells said. "Sir, I don't know you," the children recalled Moore telling the man.
    "There's no doubt about it," Wells said. "He was taken against his will. He was taken at gunpoint. He was forced into that vehicle."
    Authorities have received hundreds of tips in the case, but "we've come up dry thus far," Wells said.
    Police were searching rural areas around Parrish, about 25 miles south of Tampa. Even jail personnel have been tapped to participate in the search, Wells said.
    The suspect is described as 5-feet-6 with a medium build. Witnesses told police he was wearing blue jeans, a blue-and-tan-striped long-sleeve shirt and sunglasses.
    Clay has shoulder-length, light-brown hair. He is 5-feet-tall, 100 pounds and was last seen wearing a green polo shirt and black jacket -- both with Manatee School of the Arts emblem -- khaki pants and red backpack, officials said.
    Authorities say they don't believe Clay was specifically targeted. He was a target of opportunity, snatched because he was "the one in the street," Wells said.
    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI are assisting in the investigation.
     
  2. This is truly awful. Whoever did this should be killed <---I am obviously for the death penalty. Nobody should take away a child's innocense!
     
  3. How awful..... I hope the child gets rescued soon.
     
  4. Thank GOD!! He was found safe, no other details yet, but at least he is SAFE!

    PARRISH, Florida (CNN) -- A 13-year-old boy who witnesses said was abducted at gunpoint Friday from a school bus stop in Parrish, Florida, is now with deputies, Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells said.

    Clay Moore was found on a ranch or farm about 20 to 30 miles from the bus stop, the sheriff said.

    "It's a heck of a relief," Wells told reporters.

    Clay is doing well and will be reunited with his parents later Friday, he said. Police have no suspect in custody.

    Clay has minor scratches, but Wells said he couldn't be sure where those came from.

    The suspect -- who police say was described as either Hispanic or a white male "with a dark tan" -- approached the bus stop Friday morning, according to Wells.

    Other children at the bus stop told police Clay resisted getting into the suspect's red, early-model, extended-cab pickup truck, Wells said. "Sir, I don't know you," the children recalled Moore telling the man. (Watch Wells explain how Clay was kidnapped )

    "There's no doubt about it," Wells said after the Amber Alert was issued. "He was taken against his will. He was taken at gunpoint. He was forced into that vehicle."

    Police searched rural areas around Parrish, about 25 miles south of Tampa. Even jail personnel were tapped to participate in the search, Wells said.

    The suspect is described as 5-feet-6 with a medium build. Witnesses told police he was wearing blue jeans, a blue-and-tan-striped long-sleeve shirt and sunglasses.

    Authorities said they don't believe Clay was specifically targeted. He was a target of opportunity, snatched because he was "the one in the street," Wells said.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI are assisting in the investigation.
     
  5. That is so scary. It always bothers me to see kids alone at bus stops, especially little ones age 5/6. I live in a upscale neighborhood and the bus stop is only 4 houses away but I drive my car and sit there with my son at 7:00 AM. Sometimes we wait 10-20 minutes for the bus. Most of the times another parent drives their daughter but the other parents know I will be there and let there kids come alone. Yes, at 11 and 12 you should be able to go to the bus stop with no problems.
    Last year my son started walking alone to the bus stop while I was on the phone to the hospital and this car was driving really slow following him, he went to the neighbors 2 houses away. I was literally just out the door. It happened in 2-3 minutes. This car was noticed in the neighborhood a few days before following my son's friend. The next week it was out by the bus stop again, police were called, the guy lived in our neighborhood. I think he was a relative of someone here. The police must have scared him because I haven't seen him since but I do believe he was up to no good.
     
  6. How horrible! Here in our area we are all still on edge from Shawn Hornbeck.Ben Ownby, even though the guy has been caught. It is so scary out there! I hope this has a good ending.
     
  7. That is so terrible and frightening. You really got to keep an eye on your kids when you are out. It's getting to the point that kids should probably have someone stand at the bus stop with them until the bus comes and have a parent wait for them when they get off the bus.
     
  8. I don't let my Daughter take the bus often, but when i do, I stand there with her and I wait for the bus to drop her off after home. So many kids are there at the bus stop by themselves. I realize some parents work, but it is so scary with all of the sickos out there!
     
  9. I used to wait for the school bus to take us to school, and my dad would always wait for me in the car. The other parents never stayed not even 2 minutes. It is sad to see small kids alone waiting.