MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – Police need help finding the man caught on video stalking a 12-year-old girl as she walked home from school, moments before he tried to sexually assault her.
It’s pretty chilling to watch, especially when you realize the attack happened in broad daylight in a church parking lot. In the video you can see the girl followed by a man who runs to catch up to her.
Off screen he picks her up and carries her to some woods where he attempts to rape her. He is scared off when the quick thinking girl tells him people are watching.
Police think this man is a predator responsible for similar attacks that have happened to young girls in the area. In November a 15-year-old girl was attacked but was able to get away from her attacker. The same could not be said for a 15-year-old who was attacked and raped in January.
Deputies are on extra patrols around Bayshore High School and Lee Magnet Middle School and telling students to take precautions when walking to and from school like employing the tried and true buddy system.
“Don’t be alone, he accosted girls that are alone,” advised Dave Bristow, public information officer for Manatee County.
The suspect is described as a black man, 30 to 40 years old, approximately 6’0″ with a thin build. He was wearing a dark hoodie with black basketball shorts. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call MSO at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.Tags: Crime, Florida, Rape, Sexual Assault, Video