Peel police have launched an investigation into an attempted child abduction in Brampton on Thursday afternoon.

A 12-year-old boy reportedly told police that he was walking home from school in the area of Williams Parkway and Royal Orchard Drive at around 2:55 p.m. when a man in a vehicle pulled up alongside him and demanded that he get in his car.

Police say that the boy ran and hid in a nearby parkette in response but then observed the man exiting his vehicle and looking for him.

The man got back into his vehicle and drove away a short time later, police say.

He is described as black, about five-foot-ten with black dreadlocks and gold teeth. He was wearing all black clothing.

The vehicle is described as a black, newer model, four-door 4 door Honda Civic or Accord.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at the 22 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 2233.