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

The 10-year-old 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 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 book bag and ran home, where she told her parents. A subsequent search by police failed to turn up a suspect.

“We’re currently looking into the complaint we received (Tuesday),” spokes-man Brian Palmeter said yesterday. “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 describe the suspect as a black male, with a medium build and short black hair. He is between 35 and 45 years old, driving a grey or silver four-door vehicle.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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