Saratoga Springs police are investigating an attempted kidnapping after a 9-year-old Utah boy escaped his abductor using a GizmoGadget watch on Tuesday.
The abduction attempt occurred at 1250 N. Commerce Drive around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, according to KTLA sister station KSTU.
Aiden, the 9-year-old boy, was walking to a friend’s home when a man pulled over, grabbed him and threw him into an older 1990s, tan Chevy Tahoe, police said.
“He got out of the car, walking, and then he just charged at me,” Aiden told KSTU. “I ran as fast as I could, but I tripped and I fell and he caught me.”
The car drove two or three blocks before the driver made a stop, according to police. Aiden was able to jump out of the vehicle, spraining his ankle, KSTU reports.
“He just tried to put duct tape over my mouth, so I couldn’t scream, so I just punched it away,” Aiden said. “My family is more important than breaking a bone.”
The boy then called his step dad, using the GizmoGadget watch his parents purchased for him. The smartwatch can store up to four phone numbers and a GPS tracking device.
“He dialed the number, told his step dad that he had just been abducted and step dad reported that call came from a 9-year-old boy who was very frantic and completely out of breath,” Chief Andrew Burton told KSTU.
The family is happy they purchased the smartwatch and that Aiden always kept it charged, KSTU reports.
“We got him the Gizmo watch so we could just call him,” said Jimmy Green, the boy’s stepfather. “So he could home or to locate him on the app and see where he was.”
The abductor is described as a white man with long, dark hair and a goatee.
Anyone with information is asked to call Saratoga Springs Police Department at 801-766-6503.