BURLINGTON (CBS) – A kidnapping incident in Burlington on Sunday night is being investigated by police. Around 8:20 p.m. Sunday, a person called 911 to report seeing what appeared to be a woman being dragged by a man on the Middlesex Turnpike near Great Meadow Road.
On Monday, police released the 911 call audio. The caller can be heard asking the victim if she knows the suspect and the victim says no.
Police said the suspect fled after being startled by the 911 caller who pulled over.
WBZ-TV spoke to that Good Samaritan, who requested anonymity.
“I was screaming get away from her, let her go, and just yelled. And, as soon as I got out of the car, she ran towards my car, I got out and he was gone,” said the Good Samaritan.
The department tweeted photos of the suspect around 10:15 p.m. showing the man as he fled the scene. Police say he jumped over a fence into the Burlington Department of Public Works parking lot.
Surveillance video from the property at the intersection of Middlesex Turnpike and Great Meadow Road shows the victim as she is followed down by the suspect down the Middlesex Turnpike. The video then shows the suspect grabbing her and dragging her across the turn into Great Meadow Road.
Police responded shortly after 8:30pm. There was an active scene with officers from Burlington, an Essex County Sheriff’s Department K-9 sheriff, and a Bedford police officer searching the area.
The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens or early 20s. He wears a black hat, black hooded sweater, khaki/brown pants, and black and white sneakers.
“This area is popular, it’s right across the street from Third Avenue, where there are many restaurants, it’s usually quite crowded even at 8pm, definitely on Sundays. So there were definitely a lot of people around,” Sheriff Thomas Browne said. “No one has been arrested and that is the immediate concern. This is a wake-up call for all of us. We need the public to be vigilant.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Burlington Police at 781-272-1212.