Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for the suspect in a reported robbery and sexual battery attempt Tuesday.
A 16-year-old Bradenton girl was walking to her school bus stop at 6:05 a.m. near the corner of 20th Street East and 50th Avenue Drive East, when she was grabbed her by her backpack and pulled to the ground, according to a sheriff’s office press release, .
The girl said the suspect tried to pull up her shirt and take off her pants. The suspect took the girl’s cellphone and ran away after a car drove by, according to the release.
After the girl returned home to call for help, deputies searched the area but were unsuccessful.
The suspect is described as 5-feet 7-inches, skinny and around 25 years old. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark t-shirt.
Along with the sheriff’s office, the Manatee County School District said in a press release it would investigate the incident and check the lighting around bus stops in the area. The school district reminds all students to always remain vigilant of their surroundings.
Anyone with information can call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011 or leave an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers by calling 866-634-8477.