Man Tries To Grab Girl Walking From Her Bus Stop

Tampa, Fla. (970 WFLA)- Hillsborough Deputies are looking for the  man who tried to kidnap  a 16 year old girl as she was walking home from her bus stop Friday afternoon.  

The sheriff's office says a Hispanic man, in a red, older model four door, SUV drove up next to her and asked her, in broken english, if she wanted a ride. She didn't answer him and kept walking.  

The suspect continued to turn down side streets and eventually parked at the intersection of Himes and Minnehaha Street, where he got out of the SUV and approached her from behind, and while laughing,tried to grab her.  The Hillsborough High School student ran until she reached the Bank of America  at the corner of Himes and Hillsborough Avenue and asked a security guard for help.  

The red SUV was last seen turning westbound on Hillsborough Avenue.  He's described as a Hispanic in his thirty's, medium build, wearing a long sleeve white shirt, with paint stains, khaki pants and a tan baseball hat. He was  wearing sunglasses and was described as having bad teeth.  He was driving an older model, faded red,four door SUV. 

Anyone with any information about the suspect,  is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office at 247-8200 or if you would like to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-8477.

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