DAVENPORT, Fla. (WFLA) — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday released a composite sketch of the man suspected of trying to lure an 11-year-old girl in Davenport on Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office said the sketch represents an 80 percent likeness of the suspect.
Around 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, an 11-year-old girl got off her bus at Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Ronald Reagan Parkway. She began walking eastbound on the sidewalk along Ronald Reagan Parkway toward her neighborhood. A car traveling westbound pulled up alongside her.
At that point, the girl began running away on the sidewalk, and the car made a U-turn and left, heading westbound on Ronald Reagan Parkway. The girl reported the incident to her mother, who called the sheriff’s office.
The passenger in the car is described as a white male in his late 40s to early 50s. He had short hair, a salt-and-pepper goatee, and a sunburned or red complexion. He was wearing a dark green T-shirt with orange lettering on the front.
The car is described as a 2000 model. It’s white, has four doors, and has tinted windows, black rims and a black back bumper.
Neighbors in the Davenport community are on edge. “That is very scary cause I always felt this neighborhood was a safe neighborhood for the children cause they’re always out here playing,” Rose Marie Little said.
Little lives a few doors down from the victim.
“This day and age, I wish the kids grew up when I was growing up. We were so safe. We walked the roads; we did everything. But it’s just ridiculous,” Little said.
Parent Cortealius Robinson is shocked.
“It’s very concerning. My kids go to that bus stop, as well,” Robinson said. “I’m always there to make sure something like this doesn’t occur.”
Sheriff Grady Judd said the perpetrator is out there and deputies need the public’s help finding him.
“We got to find this guy. We got to find him before he does successfully pick up some young person from some place,” Judd said. “We’re exceptionally concerned. I’ve got a team out on the ground investigating this right now.”
If you have information, call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (863) 298-6200. Or, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
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