A 10-year-old boy was threatened by a man dressed in black and with his face covered as the youngster played in a street in Northampton.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident in Tyes Court on Sunday afternoon.
A police spokesman said: “A ten-year-old boy was playing outside at about 5.30pm, when he was approached by a man who threatened him. A member of the public saw the man who then ran off.
“The offender was dressed in black clothing and had his face covered.”
Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a man wearing all black clothing in the Lings area of the town this afternoon.
Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.