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Arrest after attempted schoolgirl abduction in West Auckland

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By 1news.co.nz and is republished with permission

The “concerning incident” occurred on March 19 around 4.20pm on South Titirangi Rd near the intersection with Tinopai Rd. (Source: 1News)

A 56-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly grabbed a schoolgirl on the arm as he drove alongside her in West Auckland late last month.

The “concerning incident” occurred on March 19 around 4.20pm on South Titirangi Rd near the intersection with Tinopai Rd.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Ben Bergin said at the time an unknown male in a truck drove next to a school-aged girl and grabbed her by the arm.

“She managed to break free of his grasp and run home and police are seeking sightings and footage of this truck.”

Detective Senior Sergeant Megan Goldie said today information from the public about a vehicle of interest led to the arrest.

“I would like to thank this person, and others in the community for the information they provided police in this investigation.”

Police have not ruled out further charges as the investigation continues.

Goldie believes there have been similar approaches in the area over the last several months.

“We encourage members of our community who have knowledge of these incidents to please contact police.”

The man will appear in the Waitākere District Court on April 5 charged with assaulting a female.