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Attempted kidnapping suspect wanted in Gainesville

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Updated: 5/30/2013 1:07 pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Gainesville police released a composite sketch of the man suspected of attempting to kidnap a 12-year-old girl Wednesday morning.

The victim described the suspect as a Black man between 40 and 45 years old, 5-foot-6' to 5-7' in height and weighing between 160 and 170 pounds. The suspect possibly has a short afro and full "scruffy" beard that is primarily black with some gray.

The victim also says the suspect possibly has a cross tattoo on his right shoulder. 

The suspect allegedly drove a 2000s model 4-door Toyota Camry with a possibly reddish interior.

The victim says she was walking to school Wednesday morning when the suspect stopped in the middle of the road on Northeast 12th street near Northeast 23rd Avenue in Gainesville. The victim says the suspect got out of the car and attempted to pull her into his vehicle. The victim managed to pull away and ran to a nearby crossing guard at Northeast 23rd Avenue.

Gainesville Police Spokesman Ben Tobias urges parents to reinforce safety to their children.

"Our police officers unfortunately can’t be everywhere at once, so it’s also up to the parents to teach their kids about safety.” Tobias said.

"This victim did a great job of running away from the bad man. We are taking steps to capture him before he has the chance to hurt anyone."

Gainesville police are asking for help to identify the suspect in this case. If you have any information, you're asked to call police.

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