Man Tried to Abduct Young Girl in Miami Gardens: Police

Police looking for suspect who tried to grab 9-year-old girl from in front of her home last month

Miami Gardens Police are looking for a man who tried to abduct a young girl from in front of her house.

The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. back on Aug. 23 at the home in the 1500 block of Northwest 189th Terrace, according to a Miami Gardens Police news release issued Tuesday.

The attempted abduction happened when the 9-year-old girl and her 4-year-old sister went to get the mail in front of their home.

“And somebody pulled up by the mailbox and tried to grab me. He said ‘Get in the car, you little girl,'" the 9-year-old said. "I ran to grab my sister’s hand and we ran back to the house.”

Police said the man tried to grab the girl but she resisted and ran away with her little sister.

"She screamed, she fought and she yelled for any type of assistance," said Det. Michael Wright, of the Miami Gardens Police.

Many neighbors are just hearing about the incident and told NBC 6 such incidents don't happen in their area. Larry Pye said the neighborhood, where he has lived for 10 years, is one where everyone looks out for one another. He was angered by the news.

"It's very alarming to know that kids aren't even safe in their own neighborhood. Can't even walk out to the mailbox," Pye said.

The suspect, who was driving a white 2001-2004 GMC 1500 pickup truck, fled the scene, police said. He's described as a black male in his 30s, with blue eyes, short black hair, clean shaven with a tattoo of a wasp on his left hand.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Gardens Police at 305-474-1549.

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