ORINDA -- Police are stepping up patrol during the hours children walk to and from school after a local teen reported a man possibly tried to abduct her.
On Thursday, a 15-year-old girl was walking her dog near her Orinda home at about 7:45 p.m. when a man pulled up alongside her in a black, older model four-door sedan, Orinda police Sgt. Neil Rafanan said. He did not give a street name.
The man allegedly asked the girl where she was going. When she said she was walking home, he told her to get in his car, Rafanan said.
The girl refused and the man got out of the car and grabbed her, Rafanan said. The girl fought her way free and fled, he said. She was not harmed and did not initially report to police that she'd been grabbed.
The suspect was described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, with chest-length dreadlocks and a thin mustache. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black hoodie, police said.
The confrontation is an isolated incident, Rafanan said, but police are taking care to specially patrol the routes children take to and from school during the morning and midafternoon hours.
Anyone with information on the incident can call police at 925-284-5010.
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