Boy escapes from man inside Mercer County rest room

| Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:32 a.m.

State police are searching for a man who is accused of grabbing a 9-year-old boy in the rest room of a Walmart in Mercer County and pulling him into a stall on Thursday afternoon.

The screaming boy was eventually able to run out into the store and find his father inside the store at 1556 West Main Street in Grove City, troopers said.

The man accused of grabbing the boy was last seen running into the woods at the rear of the store. Troopers and officers from Grove City searched the area but the man had fled, state police said.

According to troopers:

The suspect watched as a father and his two sons, ages 6 and 9, used the rest room about 4:30 p.m. After the father and 6-year-old left, the 9-year-old was still inside, washing his hands, when he was grabbed from behind around the waist, pulled into a stall and the door was shut.

The 9-year-old freed himself and ran out of the stall but the man grabbed him and pulled him back inside before finally releasing him when the boy began screaming.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident is asked to call state police at 724-662-6162.

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