A 16-year-old student was pulled to the ground from behind and nearly assaulted early Tuesday as she walked to her bus stop near 20th Street E. and 50th Avenue Drive E. in Bradenton.
The girl told Manatee County deputies that about 6:05 a.m. the suspect grabbed her from behind by her backpack, and pulled her to the ground. The male suspect then told her to take her pants off and he tried to pull up her shirt. He took her cellphone and fled when a car passed by. She was not hurt.
The teenager went back home and called for help. Deputies searched the area but did not find the suspect.
The suspect is described as a male, possibly Hispanic, approximately 25 years old, 5-foot-7, and skinny. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark T-shirt. Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
Watch 10News WTSP at 6 to see the student share her story.
Here is a statement from Manatee County schools:
This is Troy Nelson, Manager of Security for the School District of Manatee County. We want to make sure you are aware that a 16-year old student walking to a bus stop was reportedly assaulted and robbed this morning shortly after 6 a.m. This incident took place in the area of 20th Street East and 50th Avenue Drive East in Bradenton. Thankfully, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that the student was not injured, although reports state a cell phone was taken. The Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this incident and will provide an increased presence in that area. In addition, the School District is also investigating this incident and increasing its presence in that area as well as checking lighting and other factors near those bus stops. Please remind all students to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times. The suspect was described as a male, possibly Hispanic, approximately 25 years old, about 5-foot-7 and skinny. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark t-shirt. If you have any information, please call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS. Thank You.