Salt Lake City police are searching for a man suspected of posing as a police officer to abduct a 12-year-old girl.

The girl managed to get away as the man assaulted her, officers said.

Police said the girl was walking down the street near 1700 South and Main Street just before 10 p.m. Sunday when she was approached by a man who identified himself as a police officer.

"He told her to get in the car and flashed some type of ID quickly," Salt Lake City Police detective Rick Wall said Monday.

The girl got into the car and was driven to a nearby parking lot.

"After they stopped, he started to assault her and she jumped out and got away," Wall said.

The girl flagged down someone passing by for help as the suspect fled. Police said they are still looking for the kidnapper, but the girl provided investigators with a fairly good description of the man.

He is described as a Hispanic man in his late 20s, a medium build with a "pot belly." The girl told police the man had dark hair that was spiked and the tips were bleached. The man was wearing a blue T-shirt and tan pants.

The man's car was described to police as a tan vehicle with tan leather interior with a "shiny wooden trim" inside. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 801-799-3000.


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