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Maui Police Advise of Stranger Danger Incident in Lahaina

Maui police are advising the public of a stranger danger incident reported on Monday morning in Lahaina in which a suspect reportedly attempted to pull a young girl into a vehicle.

According to police reports, the 11-year-old girl was walking with a six-year-old girl on Lahainaluna Road near Kelawea Park when they were approached by a vehicle between 7:15 and 7:40 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

Police say an unknown male exited the vehicle while holding a bat and told the older girl to come over and that he would take her to school. The suspect grabbed the girl by her jacket and pulled her to him, according to police.

A bystander reportedly yelled at the suspect, and the girl was able to run away. The male ran after her and tried to pull her back to the vehicle, according to police reports, but she was able to pull away again and ran away with the younger girl.

Police say the suspect got back into the vehicle and drove away. The girl reported the incident to her mother who in turn reported it to police.

The suspect is described as in his late 20s to early 30s, average height and slightly heavy build with dark hair. He was wearing black shoes, black pants and a black hooded sweatshirt, according to police.

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer model black or dark grey four-door sedan, possibly a Honda with unknown plates.

Anyone with information is about the incident is asked to call police at (808) 244-6400 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Below is a list of tips provided by Maui police following a past incident: