Heartstopping doorbell camera footage shows a frightened 10 year-old boy try to scare off three men he claims tried to lure him into their car.
Grayden Dowland could be seen running for the safety of his family’s home in Riverton, Utah, after leaving his basketball coach’s house just 200-feet from his home early last Thursday evening.
But Grayden’s front door was locked, prompting the terrified youngster to scream ‘Mom! Mom! Get away! Get away!’ in a bid to rouse the attention of neighbors.
He also picked up rocks from his family’s front garden to hurl at the men’s white sedan if it had come any closer to them.
Grayden told Fox13: ‘I started walking home and there was two guys in a car.
Grayden explained how he ran, and recalled his thoughts on realizing his front door was locked.
He said: ‘I thought I was going to be kidnapped.’
The quick-thinking youngster then realized his next-door neighbors were home, and fled to the safety of their house.
Meanwhile, the car with the three men inside drove off before police could arrive.
Grayden’s shell-shocked dad David Dowland was stunned by the doorbell cam footage, saying: ‘It was really real.
‘I saw the video and it’s gut-wrenching.
‘We’ve been here for fourteen years and to have it happen on your front doorstep, literally, it’s an eye-opener.
‘Less than 200 feet, I mean if kids can’t walk two doors down at six o’clock at night, that’s scary.
‘(Grayden) was scared to death.’
Locals now plan to ensure all children have a ‘buddy system’ to make sure they are never outside alone.
The Dowlands say that from now on Grayden will be walked home by one of his parents or his coach after basketball practice.
They have filed a police report, with the would-be kidnappers described as three clean-shaven men in their 30s or 40s.