Two males in a white sedan attempted to abduct three children in a residential neighborhood of Plymouth Sunday before the children ran away and alerted parents, Plymouth police said Tuesday.
Officers chased the vehicle through the South Shore town in an intense 10-minute pursuit, but the driver twice managed to elude officers, said Police Chief Michael E. Botieri.
The incident began around 5:45 p.m. when police responded to Old Mill Road on a report of an attempted abduction. A vehicle with Rhode Island plates approached the children, between the ages of 5 and 6, and attempted to get them into the vehicle, police said.
Within three minutes of the report, police encountered a white vehicle a short distance away, on Cherry Street, and two motorcycle officers attempted to stop it, police said.
But the driver sped away from the motorcycle officers, police said.
Within a minute, another officer spotted the vehicle parked on Standish Avenue. He tried to remove the operator from the vehicle, but the driver managed to drive northbound on Standish Avenue, briefly dragging the officer. Within another minute or so, the sedan collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Cherry Street.
The driver sped from the crash scene before officers could mobilize and follow, police said.
The operator of the vehicle the suspect rammed was not injured.
Plymouth residents were notified through a reverse 911 call. Plymouth public schools sent a letter concerning the incident to students’ homes and to staff members Monday night, said Superintendent Gary Maestas. All three of the children attend Plymouth public schools.
“We urged our students to be vigilant,” Maestas said. “We reminded them not to approach or have communications with people they don’t know.”
“We have been getting a lot of good information from the public, so we are now trying to identify the vehicle and the occupants,” said Botieri.
Anyone with information is asked to call Plymouth police at 508-746-1212.Jasper Craven can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven.