Police search for driver after attempted Highlands Ranch kidnapping

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Police are on the lookout for a "suspicious-acting" man in a black vehicle who allegedly tried to kidnap a child in Highlands Ranch this week.

Police say the attempted kidnapping took place on Monday around 6 p.m., when a black sedan approached a child near the intersection of Poston Parkway and Griggs Road, which is near Copper Mesa Elementary School.

The child was reportedly on a scooter in the area when an unknown white male suspect in the black sedan tried to lure the child into the vehicle before issuing threats.

"The child refused, ran away and was not harmed," the Douglas County Sheriff's Office wrote in a press release. "Out of an abundance of caution and concern for public safety we would like people to be alert and report any suspicious activity."

The suspect is described as a white, younger male with an athletic build and short brown hair. He was wearing a gray hoodie with unknown color stripes at the time of the attempted abduction, according to police.

The make and model of the black sedan are unknown, as is the license plate number. Police did say, however, that there is a large scratch on the driver's side along the hood of the vehicle. Police also said the vehicle is believed to have tinted windows and a black antenna ball.

If you know anything about the suspect, the described vehicle or the attempted kidnapping, you're being asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's major case tip line at 303-660-7579.

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