Abduction attempt at Novato Costco

April 17, 2008 9:53:02 AM PDT
Novato police are reporting that a man attempted to abduct an 8-year-old girl in a Costco last weekend.

Sgt. Keith Heiden said the girl and her 8-year-old friend were in the store Saturday around 6:30 p.m. when a man bumped into her from behind and briefly spoke to her. The suspect then grabbed the girl's right wrist and began to pull her down the aisle toward the back of the store, Heiden said.

The man tightened his grip on the girl as she tried to pull away but the girl was able to break free and ran to a nearby aisle where she and her friend hid, Heiden said. The girl reported the incident to her friend's parents who brought her to the store.

Police responded to the store at 300 Vintage Way but did not locate the suspect, Heiden said.

The suspect is a white man, around 35 years old, 6 feet tall, with black hair and a medium build, police said. He was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, brown boots and gold and black sunglasses.