BURLINGTON, MASS. (WHDH) – Police are turning to the public for help tracking down a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a woman in Burlington on Sunday evening.
Officers launched an investigation after they received a 911 call from a woman who said she was driving home from work when she believed she saw another woman being dragged away on foot by a male suspect on Middlesex Turnpike near Great Meadow Road shortly before 8:30 p.m., according to the Burlington Police Department.
The suspect fled on foot and climbed over a fence at the public works department after the good Samaritan pulled over to assist the victim and called 911, police said. The victimâs terror can be heard in the background of the call.
âHe had her and he was dragging her,â the caller told an emergency dispatcher as she consoled the distraught victim.
In the 911 call, the victim confirmed that she didnât know the suspect. Police released audio of the call Monday.
Rebecca Morris’s office surveillance camera captured the whole ordeal. She said she is shocked by what happened.
“I actually got goosebumps because it’s something that you see and hear on the news, but being out here in Burlington, it’s not something you expect to see on the day to day,” she said.
Police described the suspect as a white male in his teens or early 20s. He was last seen wearing a black hat, a black hooded sweatshirt, khaki or brown pants, and black and white sneakers.
The victim was able to get away and police located her upon arrival moments later.
An Essex County Sheriffâs Department K9 and a Bedford police officer were called in to assist with the search but the suspect remains at large.
âThis is a wake-up call for all of us,â Burlington Police Chief Thomas Browne said. âWe need the public to be vigilant. Everybody thinks this type of thing doesnât happen in Burlington.â
Anyone with information is urged to call Burlington police at 781-272-1212.
More details to come. There is an active police response in the area, with significant mutual aid and Burlington Police units in the vicinity. An Essex County Sheriff's Department K-9 and a Bedford police officer are also on scene aiding in the search.
— Burlington Police MA (@burlingtonpd) May 9, 2022
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