Possible attempted child abduction in Alexandria. Cops release sketch

Fairfax County police are looking for a man who looks like the sketch accompanying this story. He’s suspected of trying to abduct an eight-year-old girl last Wednesday.

The youngster was walking between her school bus stop, near the intersection of Frye Road and Madge Lane in the Alexandria area, and her home around 5:15 p.m when she was approached by a man.  Police say the man tried to talk with the girl but she refused.  He then grabbed her arm but she was able to break free and run away. The man chased the girl for a short distance before he stopped. The girl was able to make it home safely and told her mother about the incident.

The man was described as black, between 40 and 50 years old, 5’6” to 5’7”, with a medium build.  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.

Detectives are continuing to canvass the area. They’re also reviewing video surveillance in the area and speaking with possible witnesses.

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