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9-year-old boy escapes kidnapper by calling parents from his smartwatch

Technology saves the day.


Alexandra Samuels


Published Aug 12, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 6:52 am CDT

Modern technology may have saved a young boy’s life. 

On Tuesday, Aiden, a 9-year-old boy from Utah, escaped an attempted abduction by calling his parents on his smartwatch, Global News reports.

Aiden said he was walking down a street to go to his friend’s house when a truck pulled up next to him and a man inside grabbed him. The 9-year-old told Fox 61 that he was thrown into the back of the man’s vehicle. 

After a few minutes in the car with his abductor, Aiden saw his chance of escaping when the driver sped behind a local grocery store. Aiden said that his abductor was driving fast. But the boy says he was afraid of never seeing his family again and was willing to risk injury. 

“He was going pretty fast so I just unlocked the door and jumped out,” Aiden said. “[The man] didn’t even notice, but then he looked back.” 

Aiden told KSL TV that he then called his stepfather, Jimmy Green, using a GizmoGadget.

“I’m really impressed that he was able to function and keep his wits about him,” Green says. “We’re just glad that he’s back.”

An online description of the GizmoGadget says it can call and text up to four preprogrammed phone numbers and is equipped with a GPS tracker.

Police are still searching for the suspect. 

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*First Published: Aug 12, 2016, 3:12 am CDT