Police investigate attempted child abduction

Sexual Crimes Squad detectives are investigating an attempted abduction in Pakenham on Friday morning.

Investigators have been told a 10-year-old girl was riding her scooter south on Riviera Drive on the way to school when she was approached by a man around 8.30am.

Victoria Police says the man enticed the schoolgirl to the rear of his orange or red-coloured station wagon. As she approached the car boot, he grabbed her under the arms and lifted her into the vehicle.

It is understood the quick-thinking victim jumped over the back seats and ran out of the back door, hiding in a nearby garden before raising the alarm.

The man police wish to speak to is described as aged in his late 20s, with a thin build, olive complexion and short dark hair.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.

The story Police investigate attempted child abduction first appeared on The Age.

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