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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-364

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 14, 2017
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    Attempted Kidnapping

    The suspect was driving an older model faded red SUV.
    • Thursday
    • August 10, 2017
    • Time: 4:00 PM
    • Himes Avenue


    16-year-old female
    Attends Hillsborough High School



    Hispanic male, possibly in his thirties, medium build, wearing a long sleeve white shirt, with paint stains, khaki pants and a tan baseball hat. The male was also wearing sunglasses and described as having bad teeth.

     Suspect vehicle:

    Older model, unknown make, faded red four-door SUV


    On August 10, 2017 at approximately 4:00 pm, the 16-year-old female victim was walking southbound on Himes avenue after getting off the school bus at Himes Avenue and Flora Street. The victim does not take this bus, but she missed her school bus and decided to take this one. The victim noticed she was being followed by an unknown make faded red SUV which had all four of the windows rolled down. The Hispanic male asked her, in broken English, if she wanted a ride, which she did not give a reply. The suspect continued to turn down side streets and eventually parked at the intersection of Himes and Minnehaha Street., where he exited the vehicle and approached her from behind, and while laughing, and tried to grab her. The victim ran until she reached the Bank of America located at the corner of Himes and Hillsborough avenue and came into contact with a security guard and asked for assistance. The vehicle was last seen turning westbound on Hillsborough Avenue.

    Anyone with any information reference 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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