ROSELLE — Police are searching for a man who allegedly attempted to lure and kidnap a 12-year-old girl as she was walking to school Wednesday morning.

Authorities say the incident happened at about 8 a.m. on the 100 block of West 7th Avenue, less than a block away from Abraham Clark High School. The victim, a black female, was walking toward school when the driver of a silver SUV/crossover that was parked alongside the road, told her he had something for her, Roselle police said in a statement Wednesday. The man then held up a jacket and as the girl approached the vehicle, the man dropped the article of clothing and grabbed the victim by the arm, police said.

According to authorities, the girl was able to pull away from the man and run for help. Police say no weapons were used.

Police say the driver is described as a white male in his 30s with a thin build. He had a light-colored mustache, an "unibrow" and a cleft chin. He is also described as having a dark-colored, flower-shaped tattoo on his right tricep.

The subject, police say, was driving a silver SUV/crossover with rear tinted windows. The vehicle had a gray, leather steering wheel and gray seats with a white outline, police said in a statement. It was also missing hubcaps or had black rims. Police believe the vehicle might have been a 2010 Nissan Rogue.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Roselle Detective Carmen Olivera at 908-245-9200.

Toniann Antonelli is a social content producer for NJ 101.5. She can be reached at, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.

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