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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Parents dropping off their kids at school are on edge after a 10-year-old was abducted by a man who police are looking for.
“I can’t even fathom a grown individual making comments or suggestions to a little kid,” said Stanford Charlton, a father whose child attends the 10-year-old’s school.
Officers released a sketch of the man and want parents and kids to take a good look at it.
Surveillance video provided to CBS4 News by an employee at the Westar gas station, on NW. 119th St. near 17th Ave., reportedly shows the man in the sketch. In the video you see the man arrive in a Kia Soul, get out of the car and appears to be speaking with someone inside the vehicle before casually walking into the store to buy a couple of things.
Investigators say it’s crucial to catch him before he strikes again.
“We need him off the streets so that way our children are not in the path of danger,” said Det. Alvaro Zabaleta with Miami-Dade Police.
Officers say it started Monday around 7 a.m. A girl was sitting at a bus stop near NW 100th Street and NW 22nd Avenue when the man drove up in a navy blue Kia Soul and reportedly asked the girl if she wanted a ride to school. She agreed and entered his car.
The man then drove to a gas station at 1601 NW 119th Street where he made an inappropriate sexual request, investigators said.
The little girl refused and demanded he take her to school.
Police say the man took her to Henry Reeves Elementary School and dropped her off unharmed.
The 10-year-old was able to give police a description of the man, something that helped police put together a sketch.
The man is described as having a beard, long dreads that were worn in a stocking cap type headdress and possibly one gold tooth in the front.
He was last seen wearing green pajama pants and white shirt.
Parents say, after hearing the news, they had the important talk.
“If someone comes around, they know not to talk to them and to not be scared to run from danger and to speak loud and scream,” said Charlton.
Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471- TIPS.