Worcester Police On Alert After Men Threaten Girl Walking To School

By Lauren Leamanczyk, WBZ-TV

WORCESTER (CBS) – Worcester Police will have a heavy presence near schools and bus stops Tuesday morning in response to a suspected child enticement early Monday morning.

According to police, a 14-year-old girl was walking to school when two men driving a white box van pulled over and demanded she get in.

When she refused, they showed her their large dog and threatened her. “When she refused to get into the van, these two males did threaten to sic the dog on her,” said Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst.

The girl ran to a friend’s home and then went to school where she told school officials what had happened.

“She played it right. She played it cool. She got out of the area,” Hazelhurst said.

Police spent several hours Monday morning searching for the suspects without success. They have only a vague description of the two men.

The attempted abduction happened near the intersection of May and Hollywood Streets in Worcester.

Other parents in the neighborhood are on edge. Malika Hill has twin 13-year-old daughters who walk that route to school. “I’d be very scared to have them walking out there alone,” she said. Hill says even though her daughters only travel a few blocks to school, she or her husband would drive them Tuesday.

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