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Attempted Child Abduction In Berkshire County


A man tried to abduct an 11-year-old boy while he was walking home from school Thursday afternoon on Norfolk Rd. in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.

The boy, who has not been identified, is a sixth grade student within the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, according to a release Thursday night from Mount Everett Regional School principal Glenn Devoti.

According to a release from the Berkshire District Attorney’s office, the boy says he was approached by a man in a grey, four-door car with blue and white New York State license plates around 3:30 p.m. The driver has been described as a white male, about 30 to 40 years-old with a thin build and medium length shaggy hair.

Anyone who might have seen a vehicle matching this description is asked to call the Massachusetts State Police barracks in Lee at (413) 243-0600.

In his message, Devoti says bus companies have been notified and urges people to "be cautious about leaving students unsupervised at bus stops and notify police or school personnel if you observe anyone matching this description or observe any other suspicious behavior." 

New Marlborough Police, state troopers and state police detectives assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office are investigating. 

Jim is WAMC’s Assistant News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org