MANATEE -- Manatee deputies are searching for a man who deputies said attempted to rape a 69-year-old real estate agent.
At 1:35 p.m. Monday, deputies responded to a home in the Whitfield Estates area in southern Manatee County, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said the victim is a Realtor who was showing a house to the suspect. The suspect, who described himself as Jim, went into the bathroom and flushed the toilet. He then yelled to the victim that there was a leak in the bathroom, the sheriff's office said.
When the woman went to check on what was going on and the suspect tried to force himself on her, the victim told him that the owners of the house were nearby and would be there shortly. The suspect ran to his vehicle and drove away, deputies said.
According to a release, the suspect is described as middle aged, approximately 6-feet tall, weighing 250 pounds. he is bald or has balding hair. He was wearing camo shorts, a grey polo shirt with high socks and white sneakers. The victim told deputies the suspect "reeked of cigarette smoke." Deputies also said the suspect was driving a newer model full size extended cab pick-up truck, either black or navy blue in color.
Deputies on Tuesday released an image of the truck, which was captured by a nearby security camera. The sheriff's office said video could be released later on Tuesday.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.