Halifax Regional Police are searching for a suspect after a man allegedly tried to abduct a young girl walking home from school.

 

The 10-year-old girl told police she was approached by a man in a vehicle on Tuesday around 3:45 p.m. and ordered to get inside while walking home from school in the area of Auburn Drive and Thornhill in Spryfield.

 

When she refused, police say the man got out of the vehicle and came toward the girl.

 

The girl told police she hit the man with her bookbag and ran home, where she told her parents about the incident. A subsequent search of the area by police failed to turn up the suspect.

“We’re currently looking into the complaint we received (Tuesday),” police spokesman Brian Palmeter said Wednesday. “We have asked an officer who is trained in interviewing young children to meet with the complainant and try to obtain additional information.

“Our school response officer is also meeting with schools in the area and providing assistance and information to students on things such as Stranger Danger.”

Police say the suspect is described as a black man between 35 and 45 years old driving a grey or silver four-door vehicle.

They say the suspect is five-foot-seven with a medium build and short black hair.