Police release image of a man wanted in regards to an investigation into an attempted child abduction in Victoria.
Geelong Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team detectives are appealing for witnesses following an attempted abduction in Corio yesterday afternoon.
Investigators have been told a 12-year-old girl was walking her dog in an easterly direction along Purnell Road about 1.30pm.
As she approached the intersection of Cheshire Street, she noticed a man walking towards her.
The victim moved out of the man’s way, however he stopped next to her and patted her dog before placing his hand on her shoulder and kissing her on the cheek.
While still holding onto the victim the man tried to make her walk with him, saying “come with me”.
The victim struggled free from her assailant and ran to a nearby school where she sought assistance from a staff member.
Police have released a computer generated image of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.
The man is perceived to be aged between 50 and 70 years old, with tanned skin, short white hair, unshaven, with a heavy accent which was described as being European.
Any witnesses or anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au