COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - Covington Police say they're investigating the attempted abduction of a little girl.
Investigators say the 9-year-old was riding her bike Thursday afternoon when a man tried to lure her into his truck at West 30th Avenue and Polk Street.
"He gets out of his truck and produces some type of identification, she called it an ID card. He didn't flash a badge or anything, just like an ID card, she gets off the bike, he puts it in the back of his truck and then makes some accusations that the bike is stolen - you could go to juvie hall, and starts asking her if she's got any marijuana or weapons, and like pats her down almost," said Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz.
Police said the man then tried to escort her to his truck, but she took off running and got away.
Investigators said at some point, the man took the little girl's bike out of his truck and put it back on the side of the road near where the attempted abduction happened.
"Take this opportunity to talk to your kids, make them aware, you know, the stranger danger conversation we should all have with our kids. If it's suspicious, go the other way, call for help, yell, scream - whatever you can do to get away," said Lentz.
Police said the victim described the perpetrator as a tall, white man, about 45 years old with a medium build. He was bald, clean-shaven, and may have had a bruise near his right eye. She said he was wearing a brown polo-type shirt, dirty jeans and had a silver watch on his left arm. Investigators believe he was driving a gray Dodge pick-up.
If you have any information that can help investigators, call Covington Police Lt. Robert Blount at (985) 892-8500 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-903-STOP.