Security stepped up at US Open after attempted kidnapping of girl at kids day event

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Diana Rocco has the latest on the attempted kidnapping of a girl at a U.S. Open kids event. (Matt Rourke)

Security is on high alert as the U.S. Open is set to begin in Queens, after someone tried to kidnap a young girl at a children's event over the weekend.

Police say the 11-year-old was watching practice sessions at about 3:45 p.m. with her family inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, when an unknown man approached her from behind.

According to police, the man grabbed her wrist and told her that if she did not go with him, he was going to hurt her. The girl then reportedly pulled her arm free from the man, and kicked him.

The suspect then fled the location in an unknown direction. There were no reported injuries.

In a statement, the U.S. Open said, "We have a very high level security operation in place at the U.S. Open, a plan that is built by the USTA, the NYPD, and a host of other government agencies."

The suspect is described as a man between the ages of 25-35, approximately 5'8"-5'11 and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red shirt with stripes, khaki shorts, sunglasses and a tattoo with words on his right wrist. Police had originally released a photo of who they thought was a suspect, but have since ruled him out. The description of the suspect remains the same.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)
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