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Townsend police probe reported abduction attempt of teens

Townsend police probe reported abduction attempt of teens

TOWNSEND — Townsend police say three “young teenage” boys reported that an older man tried to grab one of them and struck another in the back of the neck after jumping out from behind a rock near the town senior center and library on Tuesday.

Police Chief Robert Eaton said in a press release that the three boys, whose exact ages were not released, walked into the police station and reported the incident about 3:10 p.m.

Eaton said the boys reported that they were walking through a parking lot near the senior center and library when an older man “jumped out from behind a large rock formation and startled them.”

The male tried to grab one of the boys and struck another in the back of the neck before running off into a nearby wooded area, the release stated.

The Hawthorne Brook Middle School is also nearby amid a cluster of town-owned buildings behind the police station on Route 13.

Eaton said Townsend officers, with assistance from a Lunenburg police canine, immediately searched the area but were unable to find the suspect despite searching for about an hour. A review of video surveillance footage from the senior center and library did not contain images of the suspect, Eaton said.

The suspect is described as a “late-aged” male with a long gray beard. He wore a red T-shirt, khaki shorts, and either a Red Sox or Bruins hat.

Eaton said police are still verifying the boy’s accounts of the incident for accuracy as an investigation into the incident continues.

“We continue to investigate this incident and follow up on any leads,” Eaton said in a press release. “We want to stress that after reviewing video surveillance of the area and speaking with the reporting parties, we do not believe that the public is in any danger.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Townsend police at 978-597-6214.

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