BURLINGTON (CBS) – An attempted kidnapping in Burlington Sunday night is under investigation by police. At around 8:20 pm Sunday, a person called the emergency health services to report seeing what appeared to be a woman being dragged away by a man on the Middlesex Turnpike near Great Meadow Road.
On Monday, the police released the audio of the 911 call. The caller can be heard asking the victim if he knew the suspect and the victim says no.
Police said the suspect fled after being initiated by the emergency services caller, who had stopped their car.
WBZ-TV spoke to that Good Samaritan who asked to remain anonymous.
“I was screaming to walk away from her, let her go and just scream. And, as soon as I got out of the car, she ran to my car, I got out and he was gone, ”said the Good Samaritan.
The department tweeted photos of the suspect at around 10:15 pm showing the man fleeing the scene. Police say he climbed over the fence in the Burlington Department of Public Works parking lot.
Surveillance video from the company at the intersection of Middlesex Turnpike and Great Meadow Road showed the victim being followed by the suspect along the Middlesex Turnpike. The video then showed the suspect grabbed her and dragged her across the highway onto Great Meadow Road.
Police responded shortly after 8:30 pm. There was an active scene with Burlington agents, an Essex County Sheriff’s Department K-9, and a Bedford Police Officer ransacking the area.
The suspect has been described as a white man in his teens or early twenties. He wore a black hat, black hoodie, khaki / brown pants, and black and white sneakers.
“The area is popular, it is right in front of Third Ave. which has many restaurants, it is usually very busy even at 8pm, certainly on Sundays. So, there were definitely a lot of people around, “said Police Chief Thomas Browne.” No one was arrested and that’s the immediate concern. This is a wake-up call for all of us. We need the public to be traffic warden”.
Anyone with information should call Burlington Police at 781-272-1212.