GASTON COUNTY, NC- Many parents are on edge as police look for the man who tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy in broad daylight Saturday afternoon.
It was quiet Sunday at McDonald Park, but hundreds packed the park a day earlier to watch the McAdenville Dolphins take the field.
But cheers turned to panic when a junior pee-wee player was snatched.
“With two little ones myself, that’s the worst nightmare.. losing your kid,” said Frank Chesser, a Ranlo resident.
Dolphins coaches say the boy was playing near a wooded area a few hundred feet away from the football field when police say a man tried to grab him and drag him into the woods.
According to police, the boy was able to fight him off, get away and then call for help.
Police say the suspect is a white male between the ages of 30 and 40 years old, around 200 pounds with short, reddish-brown hair and a beard.
Parents say they saw him leave the scene in an older-model faded blue four-door Honda Civic or Accord.
Parents like Chesser who use the park and nearby YMCA every week say it’s scary.
“There shouldn’t be people like that allowed in an atmosphere where there’s that many kids. A sporting event, and youth sporting event at that,” said Chesser.
The McAdenville Dolphins say the coaching staff will meet Monday to talk about beefing up security for next week’s game.