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By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Jul 29, 2008 @ 12:13 AM

FRAMINGHAM - Investigators hope that surveillance cameras at a Cochituate Road gas station caught a man trying to kidnap a 16-year-old girl in the parking lot on Friday.

The unidentified girl screamed for help when the man grabbed her around 10:10 p.m. and tried to drag her into his running car, police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.

A Good Samaritan saw the man grabbing the teen and yelled at him to stop, and the unidentified suspect jumped in his car and drove away.

"She did the right thing and yelled, 'I don't know you. Help,' " said Shastany. "People in the area, the witness, did the right thing by not walking away. He got involved. If you hear something like this, we encourage people to not walk away."

The girl, though, did not report the incident until 12:53 p.m. on Saturday.
Shastany said earlier reporting would have been better.

The girl pulled into the Speen Street Mobil at 696 Cochituate Road on Friday after work to get a soda.

When she pulled in, a vehicle parked next to the passenger side of the vehicle.

"She started to walk by the car and the operator got out and he reached out and grabbed her biceps and started dragging her toward the open door," said Shastany. "She yelled, 'Get away from me.' "

A man who was in the station came out and yelled for the suspect to leave the girl and drive off. The girl did not know if the man worked at the station.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds and with short black hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt and was driving a black, two-door sedan, Shastany said.

Detectives are going to work with the station to see if any surveillance cameras caught the incident on tape.

Police ask that anyone with information call the investigators at 508-532-5923.
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