Sheriff looking for man who chased girl in New Port Richey

Attempted kidnapping

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A 9-year-old girl ran home and set off the alarm after two men tried to get her inside her car on Tuesday afternoon.

About 3:10 p.m., the girl was walking home in the Little Creek gated community from Deer Park Elementary School when she was approached by two men, and was chased from the road and between houses near Little Creek Drive and Canopy Drive, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said that part of the chase was caught by surveillance video, which has not yet been released.

She banged on a neighbor's door, but they were not home.

When she got to her home, one of the men approached her in a blue Toyota Solara - Florida tag 922 RYW -- and yelled to her, "Get in, get in."

That's when she got inside and set off the alarm that alerted her mother and the sheriff's office.

Pasco investigators are looking for Drew Bretnall, 18, who they call a person of interest in the attempted abduction of a girl. Nocco said a car registered to Bretnall was used in the attempted abduction. Pasco sheriff photo

The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to call 800-706-2488.

Sheriff Chris Nocco praised the girl's actions. He also reminded parents that they should make sure their children have a buddy to walk home with or a routine to follow in case something happens.


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