MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Police have released a sketch of a man they say tried to abduct a girl off the streets in hopes that someone recognizes him and gives them a call.
It happened Friday, April 12, in the area of NW 1st Avenue and NW 57th Street around 6 a.m. The alleged victim is a 12-year-old girl.
“The 12 year old victim stated that she was walking eastbound on NW 57 Street approaching 1st Avenue when an unknown subject walking across the street attempted to ask her a few questions,” said Miami Police Officer Kiara Delva.
Moments later, investigators say the suspect tried to kidnap the young girl.
“The subject ran up towards, behind that victim, attempted to grab her by the waist and hair to pull her towards him,” Officer Delva said. “The victim managed to break free, unharmed and ran toward safety.”
People who live nearby are on edge and keeping their eyes open.
“I had no idea this happened,” said parent CW Griffins. “This puts me on a different level of alert in terms of how I deal with my children when they come outside to play.”
The alleged victim described the suspect as being 20 to 30 years old with a slim build.
Anyone who recognizes the man from the sketch is asked to call Miami police at (305) 603-6370 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).