Attempted abduction in Mt Roskill

Police have appealed to the public to help identify a man who tried to abduct an 8-year-old girl in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill.

The girl was walking on Stoddard Rd, with her 14-year-old sister and younger brother towards May Rd, on December 9 when they were followed by a man in a car, who then stopped and approached them.

A police spokeswoman said the man -described as Indian, about 30-years-old, of average height and medium build - first demanded they get into his car, and then got out of his vehicle and grabbed the young girl.

"Her sister intervened and the man got back into his car and drove off along May Rd towards Richardson Rd. He was wearing a light blue long-sleeved business shirt with dark blue stripes, black pants and sunglasses."

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Detective Matthew Welch at Avondale Police on 09 820 5776 or e-mail matthew.welch@police.govt.nz. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- By Andrew Koubaridis of the New Zealand Herald

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