Police are investigating an assault of a nine-year-old girl in Ballarat East yesterday afternoon.
The girl told police she was waiting to be picked up by a family member on Victoria Street when she was approached by a man who pushed her to the ground about 5.45pm.
A male witness intervened causing the offender to get into a black Mazda 3 and drive away.
The girl reported the incident to her mother later that evening who then contacted police.
She was not injured during the incident.
Police would like to speak to the man who came to the assistance of the girl.
The offender is perceived to be of Caucasian appearance with ginger hair, blue eyes and was wearing a white t-shirt with Santa Cruz written on the front, skinny jeans, Santa Cruz socks and green and white runners.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au