Sheriff: Man in van tries, fails to grab girl in Bradenton

November 14, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man detectives say grabbed an 11-year-old girl as she was walking to a Bradenton bus stop on Wednesday morning.

About 7:25 a.m. the girl was walking in the 5900 block of Fifth Street East when she was approached by the man, according to a news release.

"The girl says the man pulled over in his white van and approached her while she was walking," the report states. "She says he asked her some questions and then grabbed her arm. The girl was able to break away and fled the area."

The report described the man as being "older" and having gray hair. He was wearing a blue and white striped shirt and black pants.

The van was described as white with multiple windows.

The girl reported the incident later while she was at school, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office said detectives are working several leads in the case. Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

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