A Massachusetts man has been arrested for attempting to kidnap a girl late Monday morning in Brockton, police say.
Reynaldo Perez, 52, of Brockton, was taken into custody and charged with kidnapping and assault and battery following the incident.
Brockton police say Perez approached two girls, 10 and 15 years old, near Union Cemetery around 11:20 a.m. He then allegedly grabbed the 10-year-old girl, according to police.
Both girls screamed for help, though, Brockton Police Lt. Paul Bonanca said, and Perez let the victim go before fleeing on foot.
The girls were able to alert Brockton officers on patrol, and there was an "intensive" search for the alleged kidnapping suspect, Bonanca said.
Perez was found a short distance away and taken into custody, police said.
Authorities say the two girls do not know the suspect, which is further fueling fear in area residents.
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"There's so much violence and so many kidnappings. It's scary to go outside nowadays," neighbor Jade Monsini said. "You never think it's close to home until you actually hear somebody tell you you know that happened right around the corner."
"It's good that they got him [Perez] because now he can't kidnap anyone else or like to try to kidnap anyone," neighbor Rayne Beaudoin said.
Perez is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Brockton District Court. It's unclear if he has an attorney who can speak to the charges he is facing.