Detectives are searching for a man who allegedly yanked a child out of his mother’s car in the NSW Blue Mountains on Wednesday.
Police said the 10-year-old boy was sitting in the family car parked on Greenway Lane in Springwood when he was approached by a strange, unknown man at around 6.30pm.
While waiting for his mother to return, the man allegedly opened the passenger door and pulled the child out of the car.
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Bizarrely, the man then allegedly ordered the boy to spit on the car window.
The boy told police he was also scratched by the man.
Police said the man then let the boy go before running to a teal coloured older model Toyota Corolla which was parked in the Greenway Lane carpark.
The matter was reported to police at Springwood Police Station where a description of the man was provided.
Detectives are now investigating the incident and are searching for the man, described as being of Indian Sub-Continental appearance with an athletic build and short fuzzy black hair.
Police said the man has a snake tattoo on his forearm and was reportedly wearing a white t-shirt with blue writing across the front with jeans and red and white trainers.
Anyone with information in relation to this incident is urged to come forward and contact Springwood Police Station on (02) 4751 0299 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children, including:
- Avoid walking on your own and instead walk with other family members, friends or an adult they know when going to and from school;
- Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people;
- Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times;
- Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to;
- Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police;
- Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust;
- Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop; and
- If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.