A two-year-old girl was almost abducted outside her preschool in Hamilton on Friday.
The toddler was getting dropped off at a preschool on Peachgrove Rd around 5.50pm to attend a Christmas function when a male walked past and called the girl over.
Police say the man grabbed her by the arm and attempted to walk off with her, while her father was getting his other child out of the car.
The father yelled at the man, who then walked off along Peachgrove Rd towards Te Aroha St.
The man is described as Caucasian, aged around 50, of medium build and around 177cm tall.
He was wearing a blue suit jacket, and possibly beige-coloured pants. He is described as tidily dressed but had possibly been sleeping rough.
Hamilton police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on (07) 858 6200 or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.