Police are investigating an incident which occurred in Hurstbridge yesterday (18 December), Victoria Police say.
Investigators have been told a 12-year-old girl was walking home along Arthurs Creek Road when she was approached by a man about 4pm.
The man offered the girl a lolly however the girl declined and she began running away from the man.
She was able to get away from the man and alerted a parent to the incident which was immediately reported to police.
The man is perceived to be Asian in appearance aged about 20-years-old. The male had short shaven dark hair, a tattoo on his right upper arm and was wearing a black t-shirt.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Anyone with information, who witnessed the incident or who may have noticed any suspicious behaviour in the area is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au