Police searching for man who allegedly tried to lure 11-year-old into car in Reading

READING, MASS. (WHDH) - Reading police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who allegedly tried to lure an 11-year-old into his car while she was walking her dog Monday, officials said.

Officers responding to reports of a disturbance on Lilah Lane and Thomas Drive at 2:20 p.m. were told an 11-year-old girl was walking he dog when she said a man she did not know told her to get in his car, police said. The girl refused and ran to a neighbor’s house.

The suspect was described as a heavyset 60-year-old white man with black and white hair driving a dark gray sedan with a dent and scratches near the rear driver’s side door.

Those who live in the area said they saw the girl immediately after the alleged incident and said she appeared to be very shaken.

“I saw her standing outside, she was crying,” Sofia Zagami said. “Nothing like that happens around here, we always walk our dog around here all the time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Reading Police Department at 781-944-1212.

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