Police are looking for a man who tried to kidnap a 10-year-old girl while she was riding her bike along MacKenzie Road shortly before 6 p.m. June 19.

The girl got off the bike and ran home to her parents, who called police.

The girl told police the driver was an African American man, between 30 and 40 years old, possibly having a tattoo on his right arm, Patrolman Ryan Dimatteo said. The man drove a white SUV, which the girl described as a smaller model.

“He approached the girl while she was riding her bicycle about two houses down (from her home) and told her to get in her car,” Dimatteo said. “She did a good job by getting off the bike quickly and running home and telling her parents, who alerted the department.”

The girl did not see a weapon of any kind, Dimatteo said. She was not injured.

She thought the SUV drove off toward nearby Nancy Drive. Responding officers went door to door and talked to residents. They checked the surrounding area but couldn’t find any vehicles that matched the description, Dimatteo said.

“Nobody else seemed to see anything like that around that time,” he said. “That’s normally a pretty quiet area in the city.”

North Olmsted police alerted Olmsted Township police. A check with other area departments showed no recent incidents with cars or drivers matching the description given by the girl.

Contact this reporter at assoceditor@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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