Police call off probe into attempted child abduction
UPDATE: An investigation into the attempted abduction of a young girl by a man at Springfield Lakes has been called off after it turned out she misinterpreted what the man said.
As the QT reported on Friday, schools and parents in the area were put on high alert after the 12-year-old said a motorcyclist with a tattoo on the right side of his face tried to abduct her on Wednesday afternoon.
The girl said she was walking home from school with a seven-year-old girl when they were approached by a man on a motorbike near the corner of Highlands Tce and Summit Dr.
She said the man told her to get on his bike and after she refused and told the man to leave her alone, he reached out and grabbed her on the elbow but she shrugged him off and the motorbike sped off.
On Friday, Inspector Keith McDonald said after speaking to the motorcyclist and the girl, it emerged it was a case of a misunderstanding.
"Police spoke to him - he's a local guy - and said he was concerned about another young kid he was riding past. He saw these two girls ahead of him and said something to them," Inspector McDonald said.
"It was their first time walking home and they panicked. Police went back to the girl and she said that was right."
Police said resolving the situation was the result of cooperation between police, schools in the area and the public.
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6AM: Schools and parents in Springfield Lakes are on high alert after a motorcyclist with a tattoo on the right side of his face tried to brazenly abduct a 12-year-old girl in broad daylight on Wednesday afternoon.
The girl was walking home from Springfield Lakes State School with another seven-year-old girl at 3pm when they were approached by a man riding a motorbike near the corner of Highlands Terrace and Summit Drive.
The man stopped and told the 12-year-old girl to get onto his bike while using some hand gestures.
She refused and told the man to leave her alone.
The man then reached out and grabbed her on the elbow.
She bravely shrugged him off and the motorbike then sped off down Highlands Tce.
The girl then contacted her father on the mobile phone that she was carrying and went straight to a school friend's place nearby.
The girl told police that, through the man's helmet, she could see a tattoo down the right side of his face that went from the right-hand side of his forehead and follows his hairline to just below eye level.
The man is also thought to have a tattoo on the top of his right hand.
The offender is described as Caucasian, male, 40- 60 years of age, of slim build with blonde/greyish shoulder length hair.
He was wearing a black long- sleeved motorbike jacket, a closed in helmet with a visor with a black and white abstract design.
The bike is described as being a road bike with a black upper half and abstract red and white lines on the lower half.
The numbers 1 or 7 are thought to form part of the registration number and the bike also has a small windshield.
Police conducted a door-knock of Highlands Tce and Summit Dr on Wednesday night and again yesterday afternoon to try and uncover any possible witnesses.
Police are also checking if any CCTV footage is available from some of the shops in the area.
A message has gone out to schools in the Greater Springfield area from police to alert them to what has happened and encourage them to be vigilant.
Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.