Police investigate attempted abduction after girl on bike approached

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ELYRIA, OH – Elyria police are investigating an attempted abduction that happened Monday night.

According to police, around 6 p.m., a man in a black car approached a nine-year-old girl riding her bicycle on Sherwood Drive.

He apparently motioned for her to come over, but she refused. He then tried again. At that point, the victim ran to a family friend’s house.

“We immediately came up front to see if anybody was around and there was no one around,” said the adult who called 911.

She didn’t want to be identified, but said it was unusual to see the street empty.

“There’s usually always someone out, but it was dinnertime. I didn’t see any cars, so we called police,” she said.

Captain Chris Constantino with the Elyria Police Department said they take every attempted abduction very seriously.

“We have no idea what his intentions were. Obviously this nine-year-old didn’t know him and for him to be calling her over raises a red flag for us,” he said.

He said since they don’t know much about the suspect, they’re planning to contact all the area police departments to see if they’ve dealt with any similar situations.

As for the victim, the family friend said she’s doing just fine and is glad she didn’t get hurt.

“She definitely did the right thing. She didn’t talk to him. She didn’t hang out to find out what was going on. She came home, got adults and told us what was going on,” she said.

Anyone with information on this case, should call Elyria police at (440) 323-3302.

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