NYPD Releases Sketch of Man Wanted in Schoolgirl Pick-Up

The girl was physically unharmed

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Police on Friday released a sketch of a man who lured a young schoolgirl into his car in Queens, but released her after driving several blocks.

The girl was physically unharmed, but the man faces a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, investigators said.

Investigators on Thursday released a surveillance video showing what they believe is the silver-colored car driven by the suspect.

The driver, sitting in his parked car, spotted the 10-year-old girl just before 7 a.m. Wednesday at a school bus stop near her home on 102 Street in the Woodhaven neighborhood, police said. He then offered offered to drive her to school.

Benjamin Riera, the girl's grandfather saw her get into the car and rushed to the front of the vehicle to prevent it from leaving, he told NBC 4 New York. But the driver backed up, pulled out and sped off.

After talking to the girl about her shiny shoes, the driver released the girl several blocks away, Riera said.

The girl then walked to her summer school class, but her frantic mother picked her up.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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