MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are warning the public about a man who attempted to abduct a 7-year-old girl in Miami.
According to City of Miami Police, the victim was walking home from summer camp when she was approached by a man near Northwest Fourth Avenue and 75th Street, Tuesday, at around 3 p.m.
Police said the man had a ski mask on when he offered candy to lure her into his vehicle.
“She told me that a driver pulled up on her and had a fake hand with candy in it, and he had on a mask, and he asked her, does she want candy, and if she wants candy, to come in his car,” said the victim’s sister, who asked not to be identified or show her face on camera. “My sister was scared. She didn’t know what to do, so she started running home.”
The girl was able to escape unharmed.
“Fortunately enough, this girl was smart, so she was able to get away,” said Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat.
The victim’s sister said the incident left her shaken.
“She couldn’t even talk. She was scared, shaking,” said the sister.
Now officers are working to identify the man and arrest him.
“We’re looking for that man who is reaching out to kids that are walking alone,” said Fallat.
“I just need help because, that’s ridiculous for my sister to come home form summer camp, and somebody trying to follow her or trying to kidnap her,” the victim’s sister said. “Nowadays, people take kids and kill them, do nasty things to them. To know that that almost was my sister, that’s crazy. Broke my heart.”
Police are searching for a white male who was last seen wearing that ski mask and gloves. He was last spotted driving a red sedan of an unknown make and model.
If you have any information about this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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