Man tries to lure kids away from Tampa church

Congregation on edge after incident
Posted at 6:27 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 18:27:47-04

Last Sunday a new person walked into The Awakening Church of Tampa Bay on Columbus Drive.

"We had seen him once before he was neatly dressed we talked about how he was from Cuba," said Pastor Joseph Hufstetler.

But Hufstetler said this time the man was trying to lure two girls under the age of thirteen out of the church.

"He was trying to take them across the street to the soda machine and that made us uncomfortable, said Hufstetler.

Church members asked the man to leave and then they called Tampa Police after the service.

"I just want other people to be aware of this activity going on," said Hufstetler.

Tampa Police are investigating the incident.