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Police investigate attempted child abduction

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MCADENVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

Residents in McAdenville are on edge after a 10-year-old boy was nearly abducted from a popular sports park Saturday evening.

The suspect is still on the loose.

"It really surprises me because you think of McAdenville as being a quiet town where everybody is friendly and gets along and hearing about someone being abducted really surprises me," said resident Kenley Howe.

Howe plays flag football every Sunday night with a group of friends at McDonald Athletic Field on Park Drive in McAdenville, but says this night will be different.

Cramerton Police say a man grabbed a 10 year-old boy and tried to pull him into a wooded area.

The child was able to get away from the suspect and get help.

Kaitlin Johnston works at the nearby YMCA and says the news frightens her because she closes the facility at night.

"That's really concerning especially being a female and knowing that I'm here a lot. Being that this is such a quiet town, it's surprising to hear something like that would go on," said Johnston.

Police say the suspect is a white male, between the ages of 30-40. He weighs around 200 pounds and has a muscular build and was wearing khaki shorts with no shirt.

The suspect has short reddish-brown hair and beard and was last seen leaving the Dickson Road area driving an older model, faded blue, Honda Civic or Accord four-door vehicle.

Residents say they'll be vigilant moving forward knowing the suspect is still on the loose.

"We'll definitely keep our eyes out and have each other's backs for sure, but make sure that everybody is aware of it really," said Howe.

"It can happen right here, we're not immune to anything that happens in a big city. It can happen right here in front of us," said Johnston.

If you have any additional information in this case, you're asked to call the Cramerton Police Department at 704-824-7964 or Gaston County Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.

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