CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police are searching for a man who allegedly tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl from Northlake Mall over the weekend.
It happened at about 4 p.m. Sunday as the girl was walking out of Macy's.
"He grabbed her arm and said, 'Come with me,' and then she was able to pull away and went back inside and called her mother," said Sgt. Chip Bednarick with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Police quickly responded to the mall. Because of the delay between when the incident happened and the time it took the 12-year-old to find her mother, the suspect had time to get away.
"Being in the daylight, it definitely would be bold and there he grabs her. Good thing is she was able to pull away and get back inside," Bednarick said.
Police have two sets of surveillance footage to review -- video from Macy's and the mall.
Shoppers who spoke with NewsChannel 36 said they were surprised that something like this occurred at Northlake.
"It's a pretty nice environment so you don't really think about stuff like that, but it really makes me aware now that it's actually happened," said Morgan Morrison.
Police only have a vague description of the suspect and they are not sure what he was driving. They say footage from the security system could be critical to the investigation.