Moment before alleged abduction attempt

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Monash Crime Investigation Unit officers are investigating an attempted abduction in Doncaster East last month. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Wayne Taylor

Police have released surveillance footage of the moments before man allegedly attempted to abduct a schoolgirl in Melbourne’s north-east suburbs.

A man driving a grey Audi Q3 SUV allegedly told an 11-year-old girl to get into his car in broad daylight on March 28.

The CCTV vision shows a car - believed to be the Audi - turning into a nearby street about the time of the alleged incident.

The girl had been walking home from school in Doncaster East when she was approached.

Assignment Freelance Picture There was an attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl in the\n Melbourne suburb of Doncaster East on March 28. Picture: Victoria Police
Police say this computer-generated image resembles the Audi driver. Picture: Victoria Police

About 2.40pm, the girl was on Landscape Road, as the man drove east before doing a U-turn and stopping a short distance from the girl, police say in a statement released this Monday.

“Investigators have been told the unknown man ordered the girl to get into the vehicle,” police said.

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CCTV of a car believed to be linked to the alleged abduction. Picture: VIC Police

The 11-year-old girl ran and hid in nearby bushes, and police believe the Audi took off south on Taurus Road.

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Detective Senior Constable Brooke Miller addresses the media outside Oakleigh Police station, over the attempted abduction of an 11 year old girl in Doncaster East last month. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie
Assignment Freelance Picture There was an attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl in the\n Melbourne suburb of Doncaster East on March 28. Picture: Victoria Police
The driver apparently took off down south on Taurus Road. Picture: Victoria Police

The girl reportedly got help from a nearby resident.

“The man is perceived to be Middle Eastern in appearance with tan skin, black hair, a black beard, and a moustache,”police said in the statement.

The Audi driver was wearing sunglasses with brown lenses and grey T-shirt.

Information can be submitted confidentially via Crime Stoppers, and police urge anyone witnesses to contact authorities.