Melton Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating after a 2-year-old girl was grabbed by a man in Harkness this morning.
A 32-year-old woman was riding her bike along Weeks Road with her daughter and son about 9.20am.
The toddler fell behind and when her mother turned around to check on her, she saw a man has grabbed her daughter by the wrist and was pulling her bike in the opposite direction.
The mum has immediately ridden towards her daughter and the offender has released the child and run off, passing the mother.
The little girl was not injured during the incident.
The offender is perceived to be African in appearance, aged in his early 20s and was not wearing a mask.
At the time of the incident he was wearing dark clothing and a white baseball cap.
Detectives are investigating and urge any witnesses or anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au