Police in Boxford and nearby Topsfield are warning residents to be careful after a man allegedly made sexual comments to young girls and tried to get them into his car on Saturday.
The man drove up to two 11-year-old girls on Bare Hill Road in Boxford shortly before 3 p.m., made graphic sexual comments, and tried to convince them to get into his car, said Boxford Police Sergeant Matthew Dupont.
“We have a sense that he might have just been driving around waiting for an opportunity,” said Dupont.
The girls refused and were able to get away from the man, said Dupont.
“He made sexual comments to them . . . so much so that they got very, very scared,” said Dupont.
The girls described the suspect to investigators as being a a white man between 30 and 40 years old with short brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a black button-up shirt, grey pants, and was driving a newer model silver or grey sedan, Dupont said.
Police also released a composite sketch of the suspect based off the girl’s description.
Police are looking into a similar incident that happened in the nearby town of Topsfield on June 12.
A 14-year-old girl was walking on Washington Street when a man in a pickup truck tried to lure her inside. Police say the man involved in that incident did not make any sexual comments to the girl.
This kind of incident is rare for Boxford, and police assured residents that they are doing everything they can to find the suspect. They also advised parents to take this opportunity to speak with their kids about the dangers of talking to strangers.
“It’s not something that we deal with in a small bedroom community every day, but this type of stuff can happen anywhere,” Dupont said.
Anyone that recognizes the man or has information is asked to call Boxford police at 978-887-8135.
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