Westerville police said a teenage Columbus boy reported a man in a van attempted to abduct him in Westerville the night of May 27.

Westerville police said a teenage Columbus boy reported a man in a van attempted to abduct him in Westerville the night of May 27.

According to reports, the boy was walking home from a friend's house around 8 p.m. when he became lost, and was approached by a man in a van near the corner of Birmingham Road and Brisbane Avenue.

Reports stated the man had told the boy to "come here, I have candy."

The boy said he told the man he "knew what he was trying to do," and the man responded that he had "better get in the van. I have a knife," reports stated

At that point, the boy ran to a nearby house to knock on the door and find help. The man left before residents at the house could see him.

The boy described the suspect as an older white man with medium-length gray hair and a mustache, driving a white Ford van that had orange cones held onto the roof by straps or ropes, reports stated.

In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

* A 54-year-old Westerville man was arrested after allegedly choking a woman at a residence in the 1400 block of Hideaway Woods Drive on the afternoon of May 22.

According to reports, the woman alleged that the man had been drinking and became angry before grabbing her by the throat and hitting her in the face. When she said she was going to call the police, the man left the scene. Police eventually found him in a wooded area near the apartment and charged him with assault and domestic violence, reports stated.

* A resident in the 600 block of River Trace noticed someone had stolen his solar lights from the front yard of the house.

The lights were taken sometime on the night of May 21, and were valued around $25.

* A Westerville resident reported his vehicle was broken into outside of his residence in the 100 block of Granby Place West in the early hours of May 22. According to reports, the center console of the vehicle was "ransacked," but only change was stolen.