EASTLAKE, Ohio - Twelve-year old Dillon Grinstead went with friends and an adult Saturday night for an ice cream cone in Eastlake.
He no sooner got to the McDonald's around the corner from his home when he saw his cat Gizmo had followed him. He took him around the block on his bike to his home, dropped him off and was headed back when he said a man in a red Chevrolet pickup truck stopped beside him along Forest Drive.
"He asked me if I wanted to help him find his dog, I said no. I said I have to be somewhere," Dillon said.
"That's when he got mad, slammed the car into park, slammed his door and tried to grab me," he said. Dillon ran off to McDonald's and told the adult, who sent him home to tell his mother who called police.
"It's scary, very scary to have this happen in your own backyard," said his mother Ann Marie Grinstead.
She called police who searched the area for the pickup, but came up with nothing.
Dillon said the suspect was a white man, thin with blond or grayish hair and a beard. The man he said was tall, about 6 foot 4 or taller, with tattoos on his arm and possible scratches on his face.
Eastlake police posted the information on their Facebook page. Troubling to his mother though were the number of comments posted not about the incident, but the fact her son was out.
"It's not like he was out joyriding his bike around the neighborhood or anything. He was with adults and it happened 30 feet from my house," she said.
"That's important for people to know because I know the comments we're getting are very harsh but it's not the way it seems. They don't tell everything in the police report."
Anyone with any information is asked to call Eastlake police at 440-951-1400.