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Man wanted in attempted abduction of 8-year-old girl

Last Updated Nov 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm EST

An image of the vehicle that police say a suspect of an attempted abduction drove away in from the area of Blaydon Public School on Friday. TPS/HO

Toronto police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in the attempted abduction of an 8-year-old girl.

Police say the girl was walking in the area of Blaydon Public School around 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Its alleged she was approached by a strange man who grabbed her and covered her mouth with his hand. He dragged her 60 metres to an SUV and tried to force her into the vehicle.

The girl was able to break free and ran away.

The suspect is described as a white male, 40 to 50 years old with a skinny build and short grey hair. He was wearing a blue and pink t-shirt, grey sweatpants and black dress shoes.

He drove away in what is believed to be a red Mazada CX-5 with tinted windows.

Toronto police have released security video of the vehicle believed to be involved in the attempted abduction.

The Toronto District School Board has sent parents with students at Blaydon Public School a letter home on Monday making them aware of the incident and including a list to help discuss street safety with children.

“We know that this incident is of great concern to you as parents and our entire school community,” read the letter. “We ahve increased our vigilance during school hours and staff will be revewing with students the kids of precautions they can take to safeguard themselves.”

Blaydon PS Letter home to Parents by CityNewsToronto on Scribd