MANATEE -- Two 10-year-old girls ran to a laundromat Wednesday afternoon after an unknown man yelled at them to get into his van, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The girls were walking through a parking lot in the 6000 block of 26th Street West from Bayshore Elementary at about 2 p.m. when a full size gray panel van with shiny wheels and a black stripe down the side, possibly ending in flames, came along side the two girls, a news release states.
The “young looking” male driver, who was only described as clean shaven with dark hair, repeatedly told the girls, “Come over and see what I’ve got.”
When the girls refused to go near him, he yelled “Get in the van,” the release states.
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The girls ran into the laundromat for help and the suspect fled toward the north end of the parking lot.
No one was able to get a direction of travel from there nor were they able to get a tag number.
Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011.