Stranger in van follows 9-year-old—when parents get a call—it’s their worst nightmare

December 30, 2017 11:32 am Last Updated: January 2, 2018 5:25 am

Nine-year-old Aiden was walking home when a strange SUV followed and pulled up to him. He was immediately alert, saw that door opening and the stranger getting out to approach him, and knew there was no time to be naive.

He turned around and ran.

“He just charged at me,” Aiden said of the stranger.

“I ran as fast as I could, but I tripped and I fell and he caught me.”

The boy put up a fight but the stranger grabbed him and threw him into the back seat of the SUV. Still, he wasn’t going down without creating a ruckus.

“He just tried to put duct tape over my mouth so I couldn’t scream, so I just punched it [his arm] away,” Aiden said.

The man started driving away, passing a local grocery store, and Aiden’s panic was rising.

“I said, ‘Let me go,'” he remembered. “It was very scary.”

Quickly weighing his options, Aiden jumped out of the moving SUV.

He sprained his ankle in the process but didn’t let that slow him down as he made his escape.

“My family is more important than breaking a bone,” was his reasoning. The abductor had stopped the car, noticing that Aiden had run away, but Aiden hid and managed to get away.

“He started following me, I hid behind a dumpster,” Aiden told FOX13 Now.

Aiden also happened to be wearing a Gizmo Watch, a smartwatch geared toward children. It had a built-in GPS and allowed him to call and receive calls from certain family members.

He called his mom, and his step-dad quickly picked up. Nearby, he could hear the squealing of the SUV’s wheels.

The watch allowed him to be found quickly and rescued.

“If moms are watching this,” Aiden said, “Get a Gizmo for [your kids].”