Police seek public's help to find man accused of trying to kidnap girl at mall

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police are asking for the public's help to find a man who allegedly fondled and tried to kidnap a 9-year-old girl at Ala Moana Center on Monday night.

On Wednesday, police released new surveillance video of the suspect.

He's being described as a slim, 5-foot-9 white man between his 30s and 50s, with a long blonde ponytail and a beard. He was wearing white t-shirt, khaki shorts and a black drawstring bag at the time of the incident.

The girl was at Lucky Strike Social, a bowling and arcade center in Ala Moana, when she says the man approached her sometime between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

"She was a little heavier that she thought and she couldn't get a hold of her but he did give it a try," said the girl's father, who asked not to be identified. "He had his hands between her legs and picked her up off the ground."

A family friend, who asked not to be identified, said that a man was talking to the girl about a game when he fondled her. The friend said that the girl immediately kicked the man and ran to her crying.

"She kept saying she wanted to get out of here, 'someone tried to grab me. Some guy came out to me and tried to grab me,'" the friend said.

According to the friend, witnesses later told her they believed they saw the same man wandering through Lucky Strike Social and not playing any games.

Police were called to the scene, but the business never closed during the investigation and didn't turn over security tapes to HPD until Tuesday afternoon.

"It could have been very well taken care of last night," the girl's father said. "What we have now is the guy got away and he's out there is some other establishment."

A local manager for Lucky Strike referred all questions to the company's mainland office. A spokesman was not immediately available.

A police report has been filed and the search for a suspect continues.

This story will be updated.

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