UPDATED 2:15 p.m. GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Greenburgh police are continuing to investigate a suspicious incident that involved a man attempting to follow a 11-year-old Pocantico Hills student Wednesday morning.
The incident, which was called in by the girl's bus driver, occurred just before 8 a.m. as the girl waited for her school bus near the corner of Payne and High streets in the Elmsford section of town, police said.
According to police, a white or Hispanic man with dark hair, a mustache and a burgundy-colored jacket got out of his car and started walking toward the girl. The girl became scared and walked off toward High Street, and the man followed her, police said.
The girl broke off into a run toward South High Street, where she was able to make it to one of her neighbors' houses, police said. The girl was unharmed and did not come into contact with the suspect.
While police originally sent the alert that the incident was an attempted kidnapping, they have now classified it as a suspicious incident.
"There was no overt attempt to abduct this child, so we are re-classifying it as a suspicious incident," Greenburgh Police Lt. Brian Ryan said. "Detectives are currently speaking to neighbors to flesh out more details."
Police are searching for the suspect's vehicle, described as a grey or metallic blue BMW with a gold New York license plate.
Police have notified the Pocantico Hills School District and surrounding school districts and will update them accordingly.
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