Police are looking for a man who tried to coax a 12-year-old boy into the public toilets at Westfield Warrawong on Saturday.
Police have stated that at about 9.20am the boy was at the shopping centre with his friends.
Whilst inside the shopping centre a man lured the boy away from his friends and tried several times to coax him into public toilets.
After that the man was able to lead the boy into a fire exit hallway.
Once there he forced him up against a wall before the boy was able to escape and notify security.
Police have released the image of a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries into the incident.
He is described as having olive skin, 170 to 180cm tall, with a moustache, and is depicted in the image wearing khaki pants, black shoes, and a white or green shirt with dark green checks.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.