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Amber Alert issued for boy, 6, kidnapped at gunpoint

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 | 2 p.m.

UPDATE: Search widens for kidnapped Las Vegas boy, 6

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Cole Puffinburger

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 6-year-old Las Vegas boy kidnapped this morning during a home invasion and robbery, Metro Police said.

Metro Police Lt. Clint Nichols pleaded with three men who took the boy from his home in northeastern Las Vegas to return the child safely to a school, hospital or convenience store.

The child, Cole Puffinburger, was kidnapped at gunpoint shortly after 7 a.m., when three men posing as police officers knocked on a front door near Hollywood Boulevard and Cherry Grove Avenue, police said.

The crime appears to be random, police said, adding that the mother didn't know the men.

The child's mother let the three men inside the home. The trio then tied up the woman, son and another man. When they didn't find money inside the house, they took the boy, police said.

The boy is described as 3-foot-11 weighing 48 pounds and wearing a black John Cena sweatshirt with stars on it, dark jeans and black Vans tennis shoes. He also wears silver-rimmed glasses.

Two of the suspected robbers were identified only as two Hispanic men, police said. A third man has shoulder-length hair that is slicked back. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

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