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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami police have asked for the public’s help in finding a man who tried to abduct a young girl on Thursday.

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People in Little Haiti on edge after a young girl tells her family someone tried to lure her to a car as she walked home from summer camp Tuesday –just a block from her home.

The 7-year-old girl’s grandmother explains the young girl said the man offered her candy and was wearing a mask, driving a red car.

Police say he also had gloves on.

It happened at Northwest 4th Avenue and 75th Street, just steps from Jesse McCrary Jr. Elementary school and a neighborhood park.

Police need help trying to find the man behind the mask.

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“We don’t want to create panic,” said Keina Fallat with Miami Police. “We just want to create conscious so people know there’s a man out there trying to lure children who are walking home alone.”

People who live nearby are stunned. Many said they hadn’t heard about the incident.

Luisa Argueta has three young children. She warns them to stay away from strangers.

Now she said she’s keeping them inside.

“Now that I heard about this I’m not going to let them go outside,” said Argueta. “I just don’t trust  where I stay anyways.”

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Anyone with information that could help the police nab this guy is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471- TIPS (4877), visit crimestoppersmiami.com and select “Give a Tip” or Send a text message to 274637. Enter CSMD followed by the tip information and press send.