Butler County authorities are investigating the report of an attempted abduction of a child in Shell Rock Thursday night (Aug. 4, 2016).

According to sheriff's officials, a man tried to take an eight-year-old boy near the city's post office around 8:30 p.m., but the boy was able to fight off the man and get away. Authorities said the suspect -- described as white, about six-feet tall and wearing all black clothing -- was driving a white cargo van with rust on the back door.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Butler County sheriff's office at 319-267-2410.