NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are continuing to search for a suspect who they said tried to abduct a fourth grader from in front of a school in the Bronx.

Around 8 a.m. Thursday, a man attempted to lure an 8-year-old girl into following him as she was walking up to the steps of P.S. 33 on Jerome Avenue near Fordham Road, police said.

The girl ran away from the man and inside the school to get help, police said.

NYPD detectives canvassed the area looking for the man and said he was seen on surveillance video talking to the girl.

The incident has left many parents on edge.

“I can’t believe this would ever happen,” mother Valerie Mendoza said. “It could’ve easily happened to my daughter.”

“It scares me because my daughter be going here in September. She’s only 5,” Nakia Matthews said.

“You know what, it happens so often in this country, it shouldn’t surprise you. But when it does happen, it does surprise you,” parent Christian Guadelupe said.

Investigators describe the suspect as a black man between 20 and 30 years old. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black shoes, brown hat and a hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit

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