UPDATE (2 p.m. Monday) — New York State Police released a composite sketch, now featured as the main image, of the individual involved. The sketch was drawn as described by the victim.

ITHACA, N.Y. — Police are seeking the public’s help to help identify a man that reportedly approached a teenage girl on a sidewalk in Ithaca and tried to grab her. The girl was able to elude the man.

New York State Police are investigating the incident which took place around 3 p.m. Aug. 29 in front of the Trinity Lutheran Church on Honness Lane in the Town of Ithaca.

Police were told that a vehicle approached a teenage girl on the sidewalk and the operator tried to grab the girl by the arm and pull her toward him. The girl was able to break away, but the operator continued to chase her on foot. The girl eluded the operator who ultimately fled the area, police said.

The vehicle was described as a white SUV, possibly an older model Toyota Highlander.

The operator was described as a white man, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with brown/red short hair and a beard and no mustache.

Anyone with information that could aid the investigation is asked to contact the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 607-347-4463.

Kelsey O'Connor

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