Police search for man in attempted abduction

(PHOTO: Fairfax County Police)(Fairfax County Police)

FAIRFAX CO. – Police released a sketch of a man who they believed attempted to abduct a child in Alexandria on January 24.

The investigation shows a man approached an 8-year-old girl who was walking home from her school bus stop at the intersection of Frye Road and Madge Lane. The man tried to talk to the girl, but she refused. The man grabbed the girl’s arm, but she was able to break free and run away. The man chased after the girl for a short distance before he stopped.

The girl made it home safely and told her mother about the incident. Police describes the man as black, between 40 and 50 years old and 5’6
to 5’7″ with a medium build. They say he had short hair with a short beard, a mole on his left ear, and a tattoo on his inner right forearm. He was wearing a black zip-up jacket with gray pockets, a black baseball hat with gray writing, black pants, black shoes, and a black or gray backpack.

Police say detectives will continue to canvass the area, review video surveillance in the area, and speak with any witnesses.  Residents in the area can expect to see extra patrol officers while the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 703-246-3086 or 703-691-2131.