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2 boys attacked by stranger; Mesa Police search for suspect

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MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- Two young boys were attacked by a man while they played outside their Mesa apartment near 6th Street and Country Club Drive.  Both boys were punched by the crazed man who is still on the loose.

A lot of people saw the suspect, but police haven't been able to track him down. He's described as a white male in his early 20s and witnesses say he was on a rampage through their complex for about 20 minutes early Monday evening -- and for some reason, he punched those two boys at the complex playground.

7-year-old Juan was Rollerblading outside his family's apartment like he does everyday after school when out of the blue, the suspect came up and punched him.

"Right here in the face," Juan replied when asked where the suspect hit him. He adds that he fell down on the rocks.

Juan's mother is still in shock that a stranger would attack her son just a few feet in front of their apartment.

When asked what her feelings are toward the man who did this to her son, Juan's mother said, "Hope he realized what he did.  And God has him in his hands."

But Juan wasn't the only victim.  10-year-old Heaven Jensen was riding his scooter in the same complex and also a target of the suspect who came up from behind him.

"And then hit me in the head right here.. and then he came back again and hit me in the head.  And I got off my scooter and went by my friend's house," said Jensen.

Mesa Police are still searching for the attacker.  According to witnesses that saw him, he appeared to be on drugs.

"He was over there and he was just crying and crying.. and he was like out of control.. and the kid just kept saying he's going crazy," said Pam Metivier, who lives in the complex.

Heaven's mother is also worried about her son who had to go to an emergency room after complaining of a bad headache.

"Oh my gosh, right now I feel a lot angrier and now I feel like I have to be outside all the time with my kids," said Jerilene Hensen.

When I asked Juan how he feels about playing outside now, this was his answer: "Scared."

The suspect used the scooter to hit cars in the parking lot before dropping it and running off.  Some witnesses say he ran to a complex across the street, but again, no arrest has been made.

If you have any information about this case, call the Mesa Police.

TIP LINE: 480-644-2211

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