Police responded to an attempted abduction near West Elementary School on Friday afternoon, according to a Jefferson City Police Department news release.
The intended victim, a 10-year-old girl, was walking home from the Dix Road school when she was accosted by a man who tried to grab her and pull her into his vehicle, according to preliminary statements.
The girl told police she kicked the suspect several times and ran away to her residence.
The suspect is described as a middle-aged white man, roughly 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8 in height, clean shaven with close-cut sandy blond or light brown hair. He was wearing wearing jeans and a dark-colored shirt, and drove a dark blue car.
The girl was not hurt, and JCPD detectives are investigating the incident.
Anyone with potentially related information is asked to call detectives at 573-634-6400.
Further information will be released as it develops.