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BOISE -- Boise Police are urging the public to be on the alert after a 13-year-old girl was nearly abducted near a public library Wednesday night.

Officers say a parent reported the incident to them. The parent told police the girl walked out a community library on the 5200 block of West Overland Road around 7:15 p.m. when a man approached her, grabbed her and made comments about taking her away.

The girl struggled, managed to get free and ran back inside the Hillcrest library. The girl and a sibling called the parent, who alerted police.

Police say they are looking for a black male, who has a very dark complexion and a thick foreign accent. He is described as medium build and height.

He was seen driving a light colored boxy 4-door sedan, possibly mid-1990s model.

Officers say they found evidence the man may be a house painter.

Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

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