Police search for assault suspect in Framingham
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Framingham neighborhood is on edge after police say a teenage girl was sexually assaulted at knife point shortly after she got off a school bus Wednesday.
State troopers in a helicopter scoured the woods not far from Route 9. Police and canines on the ground also searched for the suspect who is said to be in his late teens.
“When it happens in your own neck of the woods, it feels different,” said Jackie Pascussi, a neighbor.
Police say the assault occurred not long after the 15-year-old victim got off the school bus at about 3 p.m. They say she was approached by the suspect armed with a knife. He then dragged her into the woods off Gorman Road.
“It’s shocking, coming home. This is a quiet neighborhood,” said Brendan Manzella, a neighbor. “You don’t really see much police activity, or any activity.”
Local and state police searched the area for hours, but scaled back as they learned the suspect may have driven away.
People who live nearby say they'll feel better when the suspect is in custody.
No arrests have been made.