MARBLEHEAD, MA (WHDH) - Police in Marblehead have issued an “urgent safety issue” after a report of a man attempting to grab a woman.
Police said a woman in her early 40s was walking on a rail trail near Route 114 when she was approached by an unknown man on a bicycle. The man allegedly exposed himself and attempted to grab her. The woman screamed and police said the suspect ran off.
The woman was not harmed. Schools in the area were quickly notified of the incident. One nearby school moved all of its students inside as a precaution.
Police said the man fled the scene on his bicycle in the direction of Salem.
Police are actively searching the area with the assistance of police dogs. Officials asked the public to avoid the rail trail until further notice.
Officials say an increased police presence will be in the area indefinitely.
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