Deputies search for man who tried to abduct teen - FOX 35 News Orlando

Deputies search for man who tried to abduct teen

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Orange County Sheriff's Office said they're looking for a man who tried to abduct a teenager who was walking to school.

Deputies said the teenager was on her way to Freedom High School off Taft-Vineland Road in Orlando when the man grabbed her.

"It happens everywhere else, but you never think it will happen here," said a Irene Jenkins who lives near the school.

Investigators said  the incident occurred nearly two weeks ago on March 21st. Deputies said the female student was walking behind the school, north on Woodway Drive when a man walked up behind her, wrapped his arms around her, and tried to force her into a nearby wooded area.

Parents told FOX 35 many children often walk through the area as a shortcut to the middle and high schools.  

"Oh my God," said parent Cynthia Mitsoula, "A lot of kids (walk through the area).  Especially in the morning and the afternoon when they get out of school."

Deputies said the victim got away, but so did the suspect.. According to OCSO, the victim saw the suspect walk toward a black or silver, older model, four-door sedan.

"It makes me feel nervous because my little sister, she goes around to the elementary school, so I wouldn't like her being around the place where this could have happened," said Camillo Quintero, 18.

Those like Jenkins are nervous the suspect will return to their neighborhood.

"I just hope and pray that they catch whoever did it," Jenkins said. "Because they'll do it again. And again and again, and that's scary."

Deputies said the suspect is either white or Hispanic, average build, and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt or jacket, and a hat.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).



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