A “courageous” 12-year-old girl has broken free from a man’s grip during a terrifying abduction attempt in Perth’s southern suburbs.
The girl was approached as she walked near the corner of Axminster St and Exeter St in Warnbro about 2.40pm Monday when the man left his parked silver or grey sedan.
Authorities said he then walked up to the girl and grabbed her shirt.
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“A brief struggle ensued before the girl managed to break free from his grip and run away,” WA Police said.
“The man did not pursue the victim and is believed to have returned to his vehicle before leaving the area.”
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Detective Sergeant Kris McDonald said the child’s mother raised the alarm with police.
“(The girl) was very courageous in the circumstances,” he said.
“We spoke with her … and she provided us with information that’s assisting our investigation.”
At this stage, descriptors about the man responsible are scarce.
“All we have at the moment is we’re looking for a male person. We have very limited information on that at this stage,” McDonald said.
Detective Sergeant Kris McDonald said the girl was ‘courageous’ in breaking free and triggering the alarm. Credit: 7NEWS
Details on the car the man was driving were limited too.
“We don’t have a make or model at this stage,” McDonald said.
Child Abuse Squad detectives are now on the case and have asked anyone with information to contact police.
Authorities confirmed it was the only abduction attempt report on Monday.
The girl and her family have been offered police support.
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