updated 10/6/2006 10:25:48 AM ET 2006-10-06T14:25:48

A 10-year-old girl riding her bicycle was snatched by a man on Thursday, stuffed into a car, bound with tape and driven around before being dumped on a street, police said.

The girl suffered a cut on her leg when the man pulled her off her bike near her home but was otherwise unhurt, Suffolk County police said. No weapon was shown, and it didn't appear the girl was sexually assaulted, they said.

"The subject came up, took her off her bicycle and brought her to a vehicle," Detective Lt. Gerard Pelkofsky said. "She was duct-taped and bound."

The man drove about two blocks before throwing her out of the car, police said.

The girl, wrapped in tape and crying, ran to the closest home and called for help. The man drove off.

Police blocked off streets in the neighborhood after the 4 p.m. incident and searched for clues into the night.

Residents in Hauppauge, on Long Island about 45 miles east of New York City, were rattled.

"We've never had a problem in this place, and I don't like this," Brian Marek said. "No one should be abducted."

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