NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. (WJBK) - WEB UPDATE (5 p.m.): The 12-year-old girl lied to police about the abduction attempt, according to investigators.
In a follow-up statement, police said: "Investigators, after conducting multiple interviews with potential witnesses and Officers, along with Detectives reviewing hours of surveillance video from local businesses in the area, the New Baltimore Police Department has determined this complaint to be "Unfounded" and will no longer be investigating this matter."
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A 12-year-old was nearly abducted, New Baltimore police said, by a man who had followed her for several blocks Monday evening.
New Baltimore Police said the incident happened around 4 p.m. Monday when the 12-year-old girl was walking home from a friend's house.
The girl said she was on Green Street near Washington when she first noticed the man. She thought he was following her so she crossed the street.
Somehow, he crossed the street without her noticing, jumped out, and grabbed her hand. She was able to pull away from him and run to a nearby business down the street to call her family.
The man is described as a white man, approximately 6 feet tall, between 40 and 60 years old, wearing a black hoodie and oversized black sweat pants. He was also wearing dirty white Nikes and a black scarf pulled over his face.
The girl said the man was disheveled and looked like he was homeless. She did not see a vehicle.
Extra patrols are in the area and near schools. Anyone with information is asked to call New Baltimore police.