LANESBOROUGH, Mass. (NEWS10) – Police are trying to identify a man they believe tried to abduct a young girl at the Berkshire Mall.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Sunday in the mall’s office hallway near the bathrooms.

The mother spoke to NEWS10 ABC by phone. She did not want to be identified for her family’s safety.

“I believe deep down inside he was trying to hurt my daughter,” she said. “I think she felt like she was never going to see me or my mom again and her siblings.”

She said the man tried to abduct her 9-year old. They had just gotten out of the movies when her daughter went down a hallway by the food court to go to the bathroom.

The girl then said a man came from behind, put his hand on her shoulders, and pulled her hair. He let go of her when some people came out of the women’s restroom.

“She ran to my mom, and she said, ‘Some guy just tried to take me,’” the victim’s mother said.

Lanesborough Police Chief Tim Sorrell said there are no surveillance cameras by the hall, but they made a composite sketch of the suspect.

“It’s the only thing we have to go on,” he said.

The mom said she had seen the man before the alleged incident. He’s described as a white male, about 5′ 7″ to 6 feet tall, being overweight, and was seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

“At this time, there’s no reason for me to doubt the information we have,” Sorrell said.

The owner of Berkshire Mall thinks differently. In a statement, he said, “The case is not proven to be an attempted abduction. The mall is safe, and our security staff is doing an excellent job.”

The victim’s mom hopes they find him.

“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” she said. “It’s the worst feeling ever to know that in a flash of a second my child could have been taken.”

The police chief said it was the first time such an incident has taken place at the mall since it’s been open.

Since the composite sketch was released, police said they’ve gotten several calls, and the Berkshire County Jail said it looked similar to a former inmate.

Police ask anyone who recognizes the man to call police at (413) 443-4107.