HAMMOND, Ind. (STMW) – Investigators are searching for a young girl reportedly pulled into a vehicle by a man in Hammond, Ind., Thursday afternoon.

A group of children notified police of the incident, which occurred about 12:30 p.m. a block south of the Hammond Public Library near the intersection of 173rd Street and Columbia Avenue.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s dressed in black with a black ski mask. Police say he is believed to be driving a green, four-door SUV with a broken front amber light.

The victim is described as a light-skinned, black female, age 9 or 10, wearing a pink hat and coat.

Witnesses told police they saw the man get out of the vehicle and grab the girl, Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said.

Anyone with information should call (219) 853-6490.

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