Police in Reading, Massachusetts, Seek Suspect in Attempted Carjacking; Residents Told to Lock Doors, Windows

A local elementary school was put in 'shelter in place' mode earlier in the day as a result of an outside police investigation

Police in Reading, Massachusetts, are asking residents to keep their doors and windows locked as they search for a suspect in a carjacking attempt.

Before 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, police say a suspect tried to carjack a victim at the parking lot of Home Goods on Main Street. He fled before police arrived.

Reading Police confirm that they are "actively searching" for a male in the Franklin Street area. The person being sought is in his late 20s, is six feet tall and is clean shaven.

He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt with an unknown logo and a black baseball cap.

"Please keep doors and windows locked, and use extra caution," the department wrote on Facebook.

Earlier in the day, Reading Police said on Facebook that the Wood End Elementary School had been put in "shelter in place" mode due to an outside police investigation in the Franklin Street area. The school was deemed safe and secure by police, and additional officers were in the area as a precaution.

Anyone who sees the suspect or notices anything out of the ordinary is asked to contact Reading Police at 781-944-1212.

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