Man tries to kidnap 12-year-old girl in Miami

Police ask for public's help identifying man in sketch

MIAMI – Police have released a sketch of a man who tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl in Miami.

The attempted kidnapping occurred April 12 near Northwest First Avenue and Northwest 57th Street.

Miami police said the girl was walking along Northwest 57th Street when she was approached by a man who was crossing the street. Police said the man asked the girl a few questions, but she ignored him and continued walking.

Police said the man then grabbed her by the hair and waist and tried to pull her toward him, but she broke free and ran away.

"We consider her to be very heroic and brave for not hesitating and being able to fight him off," Officer Kiara Delva said. 

A neighbor of the victim's told Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon that the girl is OK but frightened by what happened.

Delva said the incident should serve as a warning to all parents to talk to their children about not communicating with strangers or accepting rides from people they do not know.

She said detectives have exhausted all leads in the investigation and now need the public's help in identifying the would-be kidnapper. 

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call police at (305) 603-6370 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

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