Moment witnesses rush to help girl grabbed by stranger on street


Witnesses have rushed to help a little girl during an attempted abduction in Queensland’s Moreton Bay Region.

The 11-year-old was walking on the Francis Road overpass, Lawnton, on Saturday about 3.20pm when she was approached by an unknown man who grabbed her by the waist and pulled her to the ground.

She had been walking to Lina Asiata’s house to visit Ms Asiata’s younger sister.

Ms Asiata said the girl “moved to give him space to walk”.

An 11-year-old girl was grabbed by the waist by a man at the Francis Road overpass, Lawnton on Saturday about 3.20pm. Source: 7 News

“And as soon as he walked past her he grabbed her by the waist,” she said.

Passers-by in cars noticed the girl trying to kick herself free. Some stopped, prompting the man to flee.

“She was so scared she was shaking,” Ms Asiata said.

“She was so traumatised. It was like she was in complete shock.”

Police are searching for this black Holden Captiva. Source: Queensland Police

Pine Rivers Child Protection Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Zitny said the girl was distraught “however she’s in OK spirits now”.

She didn’t suffer any injuries.

The man fled to what detectives believe was a black Holden Captiva that was on Park Lane before fleeing the scene.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance with a bald or shaved head, in his early 20s and had a proportionate build. 

He was last seen wearing a black singlet, running shoes and black shorts.

An image of his car captured on CCTV has also been released.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.