Holyoke Public Schools reminding parents how to keep kids safe after alleged attempted abduction

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke Police are searching for a man who allegedly tried grabbing a 12-year-old girl in an attempted abduction last week. 

Holyoke Public Schools sent a letter home to parents informing them of this alleged attempted abduction and what their children should do to stay safe.  

Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert told 22News a 12-year-old girl told police a man tried grabbing her after she got off a school bus in the area of Hampden and Canby Street last Thursday, April 4.

Albert said the girl ran away from the man and made it home safely.

The man was reportedly last seen in the area of Allyn and Howard Streets, and is described as 5’10 tall, with a medium build, and was wearing a black and white beanie cap and gray sweatpants. 

One Holyoke parent told 22News what she is doing to keep her daughters safe. 

“I keep my daughters as close as I can at all times,” said Jessica Lemere. “Because people nowadays its really scary, you never know. So just always be prepared and be alert.”

Holyoke Public Schools Spokeswoman Judy Taylor told 22News the 12-year-old girl was a charter school student, but they wanted to make sure parents were aware of what happened.

They are reminding parents to tell their children to never talk to strangers, always walk and play in groups, and run away if a situation doesn’t feel right.

Albert told 22News they increased the number of patrols to find the man who attempted abducting the girl.

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