Abduction attempt area's second

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 05:00 19/07/2013
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DANGER ZONE: A girl is grabbed in Greenhithe.

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Parents are worried that a man who attempted to kidnap a 16-year-old girl in Greenhithe remains at large.

The teen was grabbed by a man as she walked from the bus stop near Tauhinu Rd in Greenhithe at about 6.10pm on July 10.

Greenhithe Community Constable Troy Williamson says a man left his parked car as the girl walked by and tried to drag her towards it by wrapping one arm around her stomach.

The girl managed to kick free from her attacker and ran home, Mr Williamson says.

Greenhithe School principal Peter Marshall alerted parents to the incident in a newsletter on July 12.

"I have received several emails and texts from parents regarding the news of a possible abduction."

He urges parents to be vigilant over the school holidays.

The offender has been described as European, in his early 20s, of medium build and with facial stubble. He is said to have been wearing three-quarter length pants, a dark hoodie, a dark beanie and dark Chuck Taylor shoes.

Police want information about his identity and any sightings of the vehicle involved - a dark station wagon with two key-like scratches on the passenger door and a very dirty rear window.

Mr Williamson advises parents to educate children about stranger danger.

A five-year-old boy escaped a kidnapping attempt near the intersection of Greenhithe Rd and Tauhinu Rd as he walked home from school in October.

At the time Mr Marshall says he knew of no incidents like it in the area and described Greenhithe as relatively crime-free.

Call police on 477 5000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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