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[UPDATE] TPD Looking for Information in 'Suspicious Incidents'

By: TPD Release, Stephanie Salvatore Email
By: TPD Release, Stephanie Salvatore Email

UPDATE 1.3.2011 at 6:50pm

A task force investigating four possible abduction attempts has released a composite sketch of a man they say tried to kidnap a Tallahassee teenager last week.

The 14 year old victim helped police create this sketch of the man she says grabbed her from behind and forced her into his car outside her home on Williams Road December 30th.

The teen managed to escape and later told deputies the man had stopped and struck up a conversation about the animals she was feeding before he attacked her.

This was the latest of four suspicious incidents in the past two weeks.

"We have good leads here now and what we're hoping what happens is somebody who sees this composite sketch on the news recognizes him and let's get this guy off the street," LT Tim Baxter said. "He's escalating now, he could be dangerous."

The kidnapping suspect is described as a black man, 23 to 28 years old, 6 feet - 6'3" tall, 180-200 pounds ... with a tattoo on one of his arms.

The sketch shows a man with short braids and a patch of hair on his chin.

Right now, deputies say, he is only a suspect in the Williams Road kidnapping attempt, but they continue to investigate to see if he is linked to the other incidents.
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UPDATE 1-3-2011

Task Force Releases Sketch of Abduction Suspect

The Task Force investigating the abduction of the 14 year old female on December 30, 2010, and other similar attempted abductions is releasing the attached composite sketch of a suspect in at least one of the incidents.

This suspect is described as a black male, 23-28 years of age, 6’-6’3” and 180-200 lbs. He has a tattoo on the upper part of one of his arms. He was last seen driving a dark colored (possibly green) four door sedan with chrome colored rims or wheel covers.

If you are aware of who this suspect is or recognize the composite sketch please contact the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 922-3300, or the Tallahassee Police Department at 891-4200.

The Task Force investigating this series of incidents is comprised of members of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Click on the photo icon above to see sketch.

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[UPDATE] 12-31 10am --

LAW ENFORCEMENT CONCERNED ABOUT SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS

Since December 16, 2010 the Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office have investigated at least 4 suspicious incidents involving an adult approaching a child in an apparent attempt to coerce them.

The first incident was reported to the Tallahassee Police Department on Thursday, December 16. The mother of a 9 year-old female child entered the lobby of the Tallahassee Police Department and explained that a black male suspect approached her child. The suspect then attempted to verbally coerce her child into a black pickup. The incident occurred in the afternoon along the 2700 block of Bedford Way (Eastgate Subdivision).

A second suspicious incident was reported to the Tallahassee Police Department on Friday, December 17. During this incident a 13 year-old black male was approached by a black male suspect. The suspect attempted to conceal his facial features and coerce the male child into his vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a 4 door, possibly Mitsubishi type sedan. The incident occurred at approximately 3:40PM in the 2800 block of Apalachee Parkway.

A third incident was reported to the Tallahassee Police Department late yesterday afternoon. During this incident a mother reported that on three separate days a black male suspect approached her children as they were playing in the family yard. The suspect engaged the children in conversation, leading the children to notify the mother about the suspicious man. These incidents occurred in the 1600 block of Sauls Drive.

Tonight, at approximately 7:00PM, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to an abduction of a 14 year-old female. The female was near the 6200 block of Williams Road. A black male suspect approached the female and forced her into his vehicle. The suspect then fled west as the female attempted to escape. After a short time, the female was able to escape and contacted the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTON:
Black male, 23-28 years of age, 6’0”, 180lbs, last seen wearing a dirty white tank top shirt, dark jeans, and dark shoes. The suspect had a tattoo near the upper part of one arm.

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:
Possibly a green, 4 door sedan, with tint on the rear windows, and chrome rims. The interior of the vehicle had a stuffed animal near the dash area, and the tag is an unknown blue and white design.
*Above suspect and vehicle description are related to the abduction in the 6200 block of Williams Road.

A Task Force has been established including the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Investigators believe the events listed above may be related. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300, or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477).

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"Having a granddaughter, I wouldn't like her to be in any danger."

Melvyn is a Tallahassee resident and a grandfather---he's worried about the safety of other children in the area until police catch the men who have been approaching children over the past several days.

"All parents have to be aware and keep their children especially at a time like this, you have to keep your child close to you because there are too many predators out there who would love to hurt them," he says.

On Friday afternoon in the 28-hundred block of Apalachee Parkway, a 13 year old boy was approached by a stranger who tried to force him into his car. Just a day earlier, a nine year old girl was approached and was asked to get into the vehicle, that location has not yet been released.

Both strangers were described as men, one was driving a black pick up truck, the other a black sedan possibly a Mitsubishi.

"This is the society we live in now. I remember there was a time we didn't have to think abot it. Now it's very very important to do that and we have to be careful, watch your child all the time," Melvyn adds.

At this point, police don't know if the incidents are related, but they say it's important that parents to keep a watchful eye on their children.

If anyone has information on either incident they can can call Tallahassee Police or Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS.

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December 20, 2010 --

Yesterday, at approximately 6:00PM, the mother of a 9 year-old female child entered the lobby of the Tallahassee Police Department. The mother explained that earlier in the afternoon a black male suspect approached her child. The suspect was driving a black pickup and verbally attempted to coerce the child into the vehicle. The child refused and reported the incident to the mother.

Today, at approximately 3:40PM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a second suspicious incident in the 2800 block of Apalachee Parkway. A 13 year-old black male was approached by a black male suspect. The suspect attempted to conceal his facial features and attempted to coerce the male child into his vehicle. The vehicle was described as a black 4 door, possibly a Mitsubishi type sedan.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information.

SUSPECT #1
Black male, unknown age. Last seen driving a black pickup.

SUSPECT #2
Black male, unknown age. Last seen driving a black 4-door sedan.


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