FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE
East County Alert - SPECIAL ATTENTION to areas of Myakka and Duette
Location: 44-45000 Blocks of S.R. 64 East, Myakka
Suspect: White/Male Heavy Set with Facial Hair Middle Aged
On Christmas Eve, just before 5 PM, an unknown subject described above and driving what was described as a Red 2-door Sedan approached an 8-year old boy and tried to lure the boy closer to his vehicle by asking him if he wanted some candy. The boy was at the end of his driveway checking the mail while riding on his bicycle. The boy did not respond to the man and hurried back to his house and advised his mother of what happened.
So far, we have not been able to identify this subject and are asking the public's help with any possible information that may help lead to his identity. We also wanted to inform residents in your area of this so you can safeguard your children and look out for this subject.
If you know anything about this case that could lead to the identity of this subject, DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL! Please contact Manatee Crimestoppers by e-mail at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=348 or by phone at 1(866)634-TIPS (8477) and refer to MSO case #: 09-65306. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, if the subject turns out to be a person looking to abduct a child, and an actual arrest is made.
If you see a Red 2-door Sedan acting suspiciously in the area of children with a heavy set middle aged white male driving, please call 911 immediately! Don’t forget to get a good description of the subject and a tag, if possible, as well as a direction of travel.
Det. Todd Sellitto