Police: Man attempts to abduct girl in Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.(WHDH) -- According to Cambridge Police, at approximately 7:00 p.m. Thursday night, a male was reported to have allegedly approached a young girl on Dudley street.
The man asked her if she wanted a ride before attempting to pull her into a white van. The girl was not injured and reported the incident to a passerby who brought her home to her father at their house on Dudley Street.
The passerby did not report the incident to police until 9:00 p.m. After searching Dudley Street and speaking with residents, officers were unable to locate the child or her father. The family has not reported the incident to police.
Police are working to determine the validity of the report and shared the following information with the community as a precaution as they investigate:
Suspect is described as white male, age 45-55, approximately 5’10”, with a heavyset build and receding/balding hair. He was reportedly wearing an oversized white t-shirt, smoking a cigarette, and observed near a white van.
Extra patrols have been added to the area where the incident allegedly occurred.
Residents felt uneasy after hearing news of an attempted abduction.
"It's scary how safe you feel especially in a park like this, you know, you look around, it's gated, you feel like you can turn your back for a minute or read a book maybe. But you have to remember that you're still in the city I guess," said Ellen Fitzpatrick, a resident.
"It's disconcerting to say the least. When it happens so close to where your grandchildren live and that's what I'm concerned about," said Wayne Peters, a resident.
Anyone with information about this incident, especially the family involved, is asked to contact the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300.