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Published: Saturday, 8/23/2008

Man who tried to abduct girl in Newport is sought

NEWPORT, Mich. - Authorities are looking for a man who attempted to abduct an 8-year-old girl from a Frenchtown Township mobile home park near Telegraph Road and I-275.

The man approached the girl about 8:15 p.m. Thursday in the Frenchtown Villa Mobile Home Park, enticed her with candy, and grabbed her shirt, Monroe County sheriff's detectives said.

The girl screamed to friends who were playing nearby, and the suspect fled to a brown or purple Jeep Wrangler that was parked in the area.

The victim described the suspect as white and about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a slender to medium build. He had short brown hair, a goatee, and sideburns.

He was wearing a camouflage baseball hat.

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