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Attempted abduction has residents on edge

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Police in Linden are warning parents to keep a close eye on their children after an 8-year-old-boy says someone tried to abduct him right in front of his home.

The neighborhood has children's bikes, swing sets and a basketball hoop, but a recent attempted abduction has changed the mood in the Linden area.

"It's scary, very scary," said resident and grandfather Richard Butler. "I have a 15-year-old grandson and 13-year old-granddaughter. So it's pretty scary. My neighbor has kids and you've got [a] daycare two doors over."

Linden police say a man attempted to abduct an 8-year-old boy on Murphy Street Thursday morning.

The boy was playing in his front yard when he heard a car door slam. Seconds later police say the man grabbed the boy from behind.

"There are weird people in this world," said Butler. "This has been the first incident in Linden."

The neighborhood is usually livened with the sound of children playing, but after Thursday's incident, parents are on high alert, keeping their children inside. Now all you hear is the sound of birds chirping.

Parents say this incident has a high shock factor. They never expected something like this to happen here.

"[I'm] very concerned," said concerned parent Giles Gaskell. "Considering you think, that's something that happens someplace else, not in a very quiet, pleasant neighborhood like this one."

Butler says predators should beware because he and his neighbors are on the lookout.

"I'm retired anyway, so they call me the lookout," said Butler.

Police said the attempted abductor's vehicle is described as a tan or brown Suburban or Yukon truck.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 810-735-5454.

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