|Published:||Apr 05, 2013 3:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 05, 2013 10:48 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fort Myers Police are looking for a man to followed and tried to expose himself to a teen girl as she walked to her bus stop. It happened Thursday morning near Palm Beach Boulevard and Van Buren Street. At this point, there are few details on the suspects description. Police say they are looking for a white male driving a white Jeep.
"The girl looks at me and says did you see the tag number, did you see anything about the truck, did you see the guy?" recalled 11-year-old Melissa.
Melissa was in her front yard on Van Buren Street Thursday morning when something caught her attention - a suspicious white SUV and a young girl in shock. "She said he did something really wrong and I said what did he do? She said it's hard to say, I don't want to say, it's really nasty," Melissa said.
"Some little girl was in our yard because some guy in a white truck flashed his genitals at her," Robert Clark said.
Clark had his girlfriend bring the kids inside and call the police while he went searching for the man. "I actually have two daughters and a son of my own and I'd want someone to do the same thing if it was one of my kids," Clark said.
But, the man got away.
"I hope the police find him before I do," the victim's uncle Randell Mitchell said.
After this frightening experience, Mitchell said his niece won't be walking alone to the bus stop again. "I kept her home from school today and just dealt with her at home, but she's okay," Mitchell said.
This isn't the first time kids in this area of Fort Myers have been targeted by strangers. Last September, a 13-year-old on her bike was attacked by man, a half mile away near Palm Beach and Veronica Shoemaker Boulevards. She was able to fight off the would-be kidnapper.
After Thursday's incident, Fort Myers Police added extra patrols in area in the morning and afternoon when school lets out.
"If I see something like that happen and I'm in the area when it's going down, then i will take action," Clark said. "She was a real smart little girl. I told her this is a safe haven. any time something like that happens, feel free to come over here >
Mitchell is grateful for quick-thinking neighbors just one street over who saved the day. "I thank God for them," Mitchell said, "I thank God for them."
Police remind parents to teach children about stranger dangers and reporting suspicious activity. 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.
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