CANTON — Police arrested a northeast Canton man accused of threatening four girls at a local park.
According to police, the man said he would strike the children in the head with a hammer, wrap their mouths shut with duct tape and drag them into his car.
Stark County Jail records show the children feared for their safety and ran away from the man, identified as a 50-year-old resident of 32nd Street NE.
Police initially were called to Weis Park, at 2600 of Harvard Ave. NW, in response to a report of a suspicious person, said Lt. Dennis Garren, police spokesman.
Garren said officers believe the man approached the girls — an 11-year-old, a 6-year-old and two 7-year-olds — on the playground and verbalized his threats. The girls ran to their parents, who were attending a baseball game at a nearby field.
Another man, who noticed something amiss, approached the man, but he fled, Garren said. The witness was able to read the fleeing man’s license plate number, which led detectives to his home. The man was arrested there at 11:47 p.m. Wednesday, the jail records show.
He was jailed on four felony counts of attempted abduction.
Garren said no one was injured.
The man remained behind bars Thursday, held in lieu of $25,000 bond pending a Canton Municipal Court hearing.
The Repository is withholding his name at this time, pending developments in the case.
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