Bradenton, Florida -- "We're coming for you. We're hunting you," said Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube during a press conference Tuesday about the man caught on a county bus video Monday afternoon.
Deputies say the child, seen running in the background, is the 5-year-old girl he allegedly kidnapped, choked and sexually assaulted moments earlier.
Just before 12:30 Monday afternoon, deputies said the child was playing with kids near the shuffleboard court at the Wayside Glen Mobile Home Park where she lives when the man approached her.
"We believed he lured her away offering candy -- approaching her as predators often do with soft talk," said Captain Todd Shear.
Minutes later, video cameras captured the man and the child walking into the India Bazaar convenience store next door. Owner Mukesh Trivedi said the man bought her candy called "Bottle Pop".
Steube said the girl in the store video appeared calm.
"She didn't appear to be scared," he added.
Trivedo said he knows both the man and the child and that heoften comes in for cigars and Newport cigarettes.
"That guy was a regular customer he used to come every day I never had a problem," he said.
Investigators say the man then walked the girl about a block south to the Aloha Estates Mobile Home Park to an abandoned mobile home unit number 25 and attacked her.
The child then ran away and the man tried to run too and catch a county bus yelling to the driver he needed to get to Sarasota, but the driver wouldn't let him on because he wasn't wearing a shirt.
The driver directed him to the correct bus stop and he ran off.
Once the girl got home, her parents called EMS.
Amalia Palacios, a neighbor of the victim's family, told 10 News she's seen the man in the mobile home park before.
She said a while back he had driven through the mobile home park several times in a gray car and again around 10:30 a.m. the day of the attack. She said he walked the park on foot just two hours before deputies said he lured the child away. She thought he was a thief.
"I stood to see where he went. He circled the park, walked through the park, then came around again," Palacios said."I know who comes in and out and this man I have never seen. He was suspicious."
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.