"It's a place where many generations live. But mostly it's a place where young kids can play and be free and feel comfortable," says Tim Simpson.
That's he says he couldn't believe it when he heard a teenage girl was nearly kidnapped just up the road. According to Morehead Police, a 15-year-old girl was grabbed by a man as she walked along the road. Simpson said the news came as a shock.
"I was displeased. I was upset. I was shocked. I was surprised. I thought we lived on one of the safer streets in Morehead, given that the police station is nearby. Many of the kids and I and others walk on the street," he says.
Police say the man grabbed the girl as she walked around a blind corner on North Wilson Avenue. She told police she had been walking home from Arby's and heard a car come to a stop behind her. Since it's a residential area, she didn't think much of it. But then she felt someone grab her by the arm and pull her toward the car. As a man tried to push her into the backseat, she hit him and sprinted home. Police say right now they have no leads. Simpson says he's going to be more cautious with his young son.
"We're going to be more aware. Obviously we're going to pay closer attention to where our children are and what they're doing. I still feel like Morehead is a safe town. Lots of kids get together and play after school. Roam the hills, roam the streets, and I'd like to know and hope that it can continue in that way," he says.