CMPD is investigating an attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl who walking with her family at the Southern Christmas Show.

The incident was reported at 7:29 p.m. on Saturday at the Park Expo & Conference Center on Briar Creek Road.

According to a police report, a man approached the girl and tried to walk off with her. When witnesses approached the man, he released the child and fled.

The man was described as possibly being of Middle Eastern decent, about 5-foot-8-inches tall and weighing 150-170 pounds. He was wearing a blue shirt and red beanie. He was with a female who was also possibly of Middle Eastern decent who was pushing a stroller.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at

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