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Mother says she fought off man chasing young daughter

June 18, 2018

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mother says she and another parent subdued a man who tried to grab her daughter and another young girl as they played outside.

Maureen Santos tells the Lowell Sun that her 11-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old friend ran into her Lowell home Sunday screaming that they were being chased. She says she saw a man reaching for her daughter and tried to force him out of the home. The father of the other girl then ran over and tackled the man.

Police charged 54-year-old Wayne Spencer with assault and breaking and entering. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. It couldn’t be determined if he has a lawyer.

Santos says the girls were playing with water guns and sprinklers when they noticed the man spying on them.

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Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com

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