Authorities are investigating a report of two men attempting to lure a 9-year-old boy into a pickup truck by gunpoint Wednesday morning in Lincoln.
The boy told investigators he was riding his bike along Montana Highway 200 at about 8 a.m. when two men in an older brown Chevy S-10 pickup with a white topper pulled up, and the passenger exited the vehicle and told him to get in the truck.
According to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton, the boy told deputies he said “no,” and the passenger pointed a handgun at the child.
The boy rode away from the men and continued on to school, where he told officials about what had happened.
The truck had Montana or Idaho plates. The right rear taillight on the truck was broken, but the light still worked. The white topper on the truck was missing the tailgate door.
The truck was last seen headed eastbound on Montana Highway 200.
The driver had dark hair and was wearing a knit wool cap and sunglasses. The passenger, who had a goatee, was wearing an “I Love Idaho” baseball cap, a vest, black pants and tennis shoes.
Dutton said Wednesday evening that investigators were developing leads.
The boy was shaken up and was taken home by his mother, Dutton said.
Lincoln Public School Principal Laurie Maughan said all of the teachers at the school were informed about the incident and were put on extra alert.
Dutton said a deputy patrolled the area surrounding the school in the afternoon.
Law enforcement agencies in surrounding areas have been informed about the incident, and a statewide notification has been sent out, he added.
Schools in the county were alerted as well. A deputy patrolled around Augusta school. East Helena schools sent out e-mail and text alerts to parents informing them about the situation, and teachers spoke with students about being cautious around strangers.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 447-8293. Anyone who sees the truck should call 911.
Reporter Angela Brandt: 447-4078 or email@example.com