May 26, 2015 9:01 AM
NASHUA - A failed kidnapping on Friday has parents in the Gate City on high alert.
Police have limited information on the suspect but they’re telling parents to be on the lookout for a man in his late 30s. He was last seen wearing a hooded gray sweatshirt and ripped jeans and he was wearing sunglasses.
The suspect pursued a 12-year-old boy on foot near Lake Street and Russell Street.
The boy escaped and flagged down a car passing by and is now safe.
Neighbors say there are a lot of young families that live in the area and everyone is on high alert, especially because of the number of schools in the area.
"I look around while I drive around and make sure I don’t see anybody and every time I see kids I watch, always looking around to see if anyone is waiting for them,” said George King, who lives in the neighborhood.
"I’m a grandfather of two and if anyone touched them … the police wouldn’t have to find this guy,” said King.
Parents are telling their children several methods they can use to stay safe.
"It’s important not to scare them or make them paranoid, just aware of their surroundings,” said Karen Golden, a mom of a 7-year-old and 3-year-old.
Parents say they’re telling their children to look for an officer or a mother-like figure in case they have a hard time finding an adult that looks safe to talk to.
Police have notified all the school’s resource officers to be on the look-out as well.
“My older son takes self-defense and they’ve really honed in on ‘stranger danger,'” said Golden, explaining that it is a phrase they teach her children to shout if they are ever in danger.
Police are asking for the public’s help and anyone with information is to call police at (603) 589-1665.
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