Police say a little boy thought quickly, did the right thing, and may have saved his own life.
The six-year-old boy was in the Hil-Dar parking lot early Sunday afternoon, playing.
Police say he was breaking up clumps of snow with a metal pole.
Suddenly a man pulled up in a dirty blue car.
"The gentleman gets out and grabs this young kid by the arm and tries to pull him into the car," says Deputy Chief Martin Kimball of the Wheeling Police Department. "The kid, to his credit, took the piece of pipe and struck the gentleman in the hands. The subject let go of the child, and the child ran into his house."
Deputy Chief Kimball says the man took off in the car.
Police canvassed the neighborhood, but so far, no one saw anything.
"However, the child was able to describe him as a white male in his 30s, thin build, with dirty clothes and wearing a black jacket," says Kimball.
People in Wheeling are disturbed to learn about an attempted child abduction.
"Well I'm glad the kid had a metal pole to protect himself," said Patricia Brown of Wheeling. "But it's just awful. It's a crazy world."
"It's terrible," said Sue Wallace of Wheeling. "I guess we're just going to have to watch our kids more closely."
Police say Hil-Dar has surveillance cameras, and they are in the process of trying to retrieve some usable images, although there are some technical issues at this point.
Parents are advised to keep a watchful eye on their children at all times.
The man was last seen driving an older model, dirty blue four-door sedan.