SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police in Sunrise are looking for a man they said tried to kidnap three girls as they walked to school.
The three girls who were walking near Village Elementary School refused the ride from the stranger, possibly avoiding danger, Wednesday morning.
Sunrise Police released surveillance video of the car the man was driving at the time, an older model greenish-blue Honda Civic, on Thursday.
In the video you can see the Honda Civic with a damaged rear driver side panel drive by.
Detectives said the subject was driving that Honda Civic when he asked the three young girls if they needed a ride and asked them to get into his car. After the girls refused, he fled the area.
Officials want children and parents to be on high alert while they continue to search for the subject.
“[When you’re] walking, be safe,” said one child, “be aware of strangers.”
Parents are concerned about the attempted abduction.
“People are crazy these days, and you just got to make the kids more aware,” said parent Oreal Collie. “You get what I’m saying? Because it’s scary out here.”
On Thursday, some parents said they didn’t hear anything about this incident.
“We don’t want to tell children straight off the bat sometimes because you don’t want to scare them,” said parent Keisha Millington. “You want them to be free, but I would have at least talked to her and saw if she understood what’s going on.”
The man is described as being possibly Hispanic between 30 to 40 years old with black hair and a short beard. He was last seen wearing a blue button down dress shirt.
Police also want to talk with a woman who they said was driving behind the man. She apparently stopped and spoke with the girls, telling them that they did the right thing. Officials believe she may have some valuable information.
If you have any information on this attempted abduction, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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