Manatee County deputies search for a man who kidnapped and sexually battered a 5-year-old girl

Suspect last seen trying to board a MCTA bus

BRADENTON, Fla. - Deputies are searching for a man who allegedly kidnapped and sexually battered a 5-year-old girl on Monday.

The attack occurred near the Aloha Estates Mobile Home Park located at the intersection of US 41 and State Road 70.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says around 1:00 p.m. on Monday the girl was playing with another child when an unknown black man approached.

Authorities say the man lured the girl to a store and then to a vacant mobile home where she was choked and sexually battered. The 5-year-old was able to escape, run home and tell a family member about the attack.

The attacker is described as a muscularly built black man, around 5'10", weighing 220 lbs. with short or balding hair. Deputies say appears to be between 30 to 45 years old. He was last seen wearing baggy blue jean shorts, no shirt and dark colored tennis shoes.

Detectives obtained security video of the suspect trying to board a Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) bus as he attempted to flee the area.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.

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