The father of a 10-year-old girl who was almost kidnapped while riding to school has described his daughter's would-be abductor as "not human".
The girl was riding her scooter along Riviera Drive, Pakenham, about 8.30am on Friday when a man bundled her into the boot of a car.
Seeing children walking to and from school ... we thought it was a good thing for her and had no real reason to fear it.
The quick-thinking girl managed to jump over the back seats and escape through a passenger door. She then hid in a neighbour's garden before heading to school and alerting teachers.
A police photo-fit image of the attempted abduction suspect. Photo: Victoria Police
The girl's father, who asked not to be identified, said he and his partner were now too scared to let their daughter travel to school by herself.
"It's absolutely horrific," the father said.
"You hear of these things happening but you don't think it could ever happen to you."
He said his daughter had been riding to school for about six months and enjoyed the independence of travelling on her own.
"Seeing children walking to and from school ... we thought it was a good thing for her and had no real reason to fear it," the father said.
The girl's mother said the 10-year-old was "doing well", but possibly hadn't "grasped the severity of what happened".
Sexual crimes squad Detective Inspector Paul Binyon said police were investigating whether the attempted abduction was linked to an incident in the area the previous day.
"The details are scant at the moment. There is some information to suggest that there may be something happening out there that is concerning. We'll be following that up tomorrow," he said.
"This is disturbing and we will catch this person."
Police have released a computer-generated image of the man they wish to speak to. He is described as in his late 20s, with a thin build, olive complexion and short, dark hair.
His vehicle is described as an orange or red station wagon.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au.