Auckland police hunt man after girl grabbed

Police have issued a description of a man they say followed an 8-year-old girl and tried to drag her into his car - the latest in a series of abduction attempts in Auckland.

The incident happened in Mt Roskill on Sunday, December 9, but was made public yesterday. In another sinister case in Ellerslie, a 9-year-old girl was led for 50m by an abductor before she managed to break free.

The Mt Roskill attempt happened as the girl, her 14-year-old sister and younger brother walked along Stoddard Rd towards May Rd. They noticed they were being 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."

Police are still looking for information about the attempt last week outside Ellerslie School.

The 9-year-old girl, who was forcefully led 50m away from the school, was unharmed.

Anyone with information about the Mt Roskill incident should contact Detective Matthew Welch at Avondale police on 09-820-5776 or email Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

- Andrew Koubaridis of the NZ Herald

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