By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — SWAMPSCOTT — Police say a man grabbed a 16-year-old girl as she walked home on Wednesday evening, ripping her shirt as he tried to pull her into a car.
The incident happened about 8 p.m. as the girl was walking on Norfolk Avenue near Stetson Avenue. A Hispanic man in his 30s pulled up next to the girl in a dirty, older, white Honda Civic and told her to come with him and that he “knew where she lived,” according to a press release from Detective Sgt. Tim Cassidy. Two other men were reportedly in the car’s back seat.
“The victim became scared and told the Hispanic male that she wanted nothing to do with him and kept walking,” wrote Cassidy. “The male party then grabbed the suspect and attempted to pull the victim into the car. The victim alleges she fought with the suspect, who ripped her shirt in the struggle.”
The girl got away and ran to her home a short distance away. The vehicle followed her down Stetson Avenue, then fled onto Essex Street toward Salem.
The girl was uninjured during the incident and told her family when she got home.
The man was additionally described as having a medium build, a thin, chinstrap-type beard and a “slight patch of hair on his chin.” He was reportedly wearing an orange striped shirt and tan cargo pants at the time of the attempted abduction.
Police urge anyone with information to contact detectives at 781-595-1111.