Holyoke Police, public school officials alerting parents after “man tried to grab” girl

Hampden County

Police are seeking a suspect after a young girl reported that a man tried to grab her in the area of Hampden and Canby streets on her way home from school on Thursday. 

Holyoke Police Lieutenant Jim Albert told 22News the 12-year-old girl was able to run away from the man and make it home safe after the incident that happened around 4 p.m., on Thursday. The student reported the incident to a school personnel, who reported it to police on Friday. 

Lt. Albert said no additional incidents have been reported. The suspect is described as a light complexed man about 5’10 tall and medium built. He was reported wearing black and white beanie cap with gray sweatpants.  

The young student told police she was unable to get a good look at the man, who was last seen in the area of Allyn and Howard streets.  

Holyoke Public Schools Superintendent, Steve Zrike, sent a letter to parents alerting them to be “incredibly cautious.” Zrike stated in the letter, “Be advised this is not a Holyoke Public School student.” 

School officials are reminding students to: 

  • Never talk to strangers 
  • Always walk or play in groups with other students or adults 
  • Never get in a car with someone they don’t know 
  • Trust their instincts – if something or someone doesn’t seem “right,” run away 

Holyoke Police have increased the number of officers patrolling the school area amid this attempted abduction incident.

Anyone with information that would help police investigate the incident is asked to call the department at (413) 322-6900

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