Manatee deputies look for driver who may have tried to lure girl, 9, to his car

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is looking for information about a motorist who may have tried to lure a 9-year-old girl to his vehicle as she walked to school Thursday morning.

About 8 a.m., the girl was in the 2800 block of Ninth Street East, walking to Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School, 400 30th Ave. W., when she saw a black, newer style 4-door vehicle with dark tinted windows. The driver's window was rolled down and she saw the driver waving her towards the vehicle, according to a news release.

The girl became scared and ran to Noreen's Deli, in the 500 block of 30th Avenue East. She saw the vehicle come down Fifth Street and stop short of 30th Avenue. She saw the driver watching her, but he did not make any other hand gestures, according to the sheriff's office.

The girl then ran to the intersection of First Street and 30th Avenue East, where she told a crossing guard what had happened.

The vehicle was last seen crossing 30th Avenue, southbound on Fifth Street East, according to the sheriff's office.

The driver was described as having short hair, possibly balding, and with sunglasses on top of his head.

Anyone with information on the incident can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011.