CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police have arrested a suspect in an attempted kidnapping that occurred yesterday at around 11:30 a.m., in the 3500 block of Surfside Boulevard.
Police made contact with 28-year-old Curtis D. Cornelison at his home on the 100 block of SE 42 Ter. this afternoon and took him into custody without incident.
A man called police after seeing a female in distress at that location. He stopped to help her when she began frantically pointing to a maroon, 4-door Hyundai with a New York tag number and a Fucillo Kia tag holder. The man followed the vehicle and took several pictures until he lost it on Skyline Blvd.
He said he then pulled into Circle K, located at 3704 Skyline Blvd., to wait for police to arrive.
According to the victim, she was rollerblading down Surfside Blvd. when stated she stopped near the 3300 block to get a drink of water. That's when a unknown man grabbed her by her ponytail and attempted to pull her into his vehicle. She said he also pulled out his genitals during the attempted kidnapping, but she was able to fight him off.
Detectives interviewed the victim and were able to identify the suspect's vehicle from cell phone photos as a Hyundai Elantra, registered to Cornelison. They made contact with him yesterday and brought him to the Cape Coral Police Department for questioning. At the time of the questioning, Cornelison was wearing clothing matching the detailed description provided by the victim. Cornelison was returned home following questioning and detectives continued gathering evidence.
Today, based on the totality of the facts in this case to include statements by the victim, the Good Samaritan, and suspect, forensic, and photographic evidence, Cape Coral Police Department SCU officers made contact with Cornelison at home this afternoon and took him into custody without incident.