FRIDAY UPDATE: Police are currently at the school working closely with the staff. Detectives and officers are doing a neighborhood canvas. Police have also issued a regional be on the look out to area law enforcement and they are utilizing the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit to look for similar vehicles as described by the child. In addition, an officer will remain on or near campus until the end of the school day. Anyone with information is asked to call FMPD at 321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
FORT MYERS- Thursday, February 03, 2011 the Fort Myers Police Department received information about an attempted abduction. It happened at Allen Park Elementary School located at 3345 Canelo Drive at 1:00 p.m. The parent reports that their child was outside at a school function when he was approached by a stranger. The man tried to get the child to enter his vehicle.
The child describes the stranger as a white male, 40 - 50 years old, with salt and pepper hair, a goatee and chinstrap facial hair. The man is further described as 5’10” to 6’ tall with a stocky build. The suspect was wearing a multi-colored t-shirt with fish on it and green pants. The child could see a tattoo of an eye on the man’s inside right ankle.
The suspect was seen driving a black, newer model V.W. Beetle bearing a State of Florida tag that has a picture of a golfer on it. (A sample picture of the tag is attached to this email). The vehicle also had a bumper sticker that is sports related on the right rear of the car. This is the first report of its type that police have received in the area. However, it is a good time for parents to teach or remind their children about stranger dangers.
Anyone with information is asked to call FMPD at 321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.