Bradenton police look for man who approached girl, 13, at bus stop

February 11, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Police are looking for a man who approached a 13-year-old girl at a school bus stop Monday and motioned for her to approach his vehicle.

Police described the incident as one of "suspicious circumstances."

Bradenton police said the incident happened about 8:45 a.m. at a stop in the 3400 block of 51st Street West, near G.T. Bray Park, when the girl was approached by a silver, four-door vehicle.

"The driver of the vehicle motioned to the juvenile to approach him as he asked how old she was and where she went to school," police said in a news release issued early Monday evening. "The juvenile was able to quickly leave and go home and report the incident to her parents."

The driver left the area and was last seen turning into G.T. Bray Park, police said.

Police described the driver as a black man, about 30 to 40 years old, with short hair. He had a small tattoo near his left eye and gold teeth. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, police said.

Anyone with information about what happened or the driver can call Detective Leonel Marines at 941-932-9327 or Crime Stoppers at 866-637-TIPS.

In the release, police advise parents to remind their children of the dangers of unknown people approaching them while going to or from school, and for their children to notify a school official or law enforcement officers immediately if something like that happens to them.

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