The incident occurred at Iludofin area of Omuo Ekiti, where the deceased attempted to kidnap a 7-year-old boy but was apprehended by angry youths.
An eyewitness revealed that the incident happened around 2.30pm when the pupils were returning from schools.
The source disclosed that a man, who sighted the deceased suspect, had raised an alarm as the suspect grabbed the boy and was forcefully dragging him into a surrounding bush.
The residents were said to have trooped out en masse and pounced on the suspect and beat him until he relapsed into coma.
“The suspect was trailing the boy from school. When he realised that he had reached a bush footpath, he pounced on him and started dragging him into the bush.
“It was a man who was looking from afar that raised an alarm and the people caught him in the act and beat him to stupor.
“It was later that the police arrived and took him to the station with the aim of taking him to the hospital for treatment,” the source said.