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GIRL ESCAPES ATTACKER
An 11-year-old girl
escaped an attacker late Thursday afternoon who yanked the victim off of
her bicycle, threw her to the ground and tried to pull off her pants.
Other than some redness on the victim’s back, she was unhurt. The
incident, which occurred near Orange City, is under investigation by the
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
girl was riding her bicycle in the vicinity of 9th Street and Bishop
Avenue just before 5:30 p.m. when the attack occurred. The girl said she
saw the suspect making a sand castle and rode towards him to see who he
was. When she pedaled up to the suspect, he grabbed her and threw her
face first into the ground. The suspect then tried to take off the
girl’s pans, but she screamed and her attacker let her go. While the
girl rode her bike home to tell her mother what had happened, three boys
between the ages of 9 and 12 who were nearby at the time of the attack
chased the suspect after hearing the girl’s screams, but couldn’t
catch up to him.
suspect was described as a Black man between the ages of 16-20. He was
approximately 5’7” and had a thin, but muscular build. He had a
light to medium skin tone and short, red or orange hair. The suspect was
last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a blue t-shirt and black boots.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Sheriff’s
investigator Mike Agostinis at (386) 668-3830 or Crime Stoppers of
Northeast Florida, toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS. Callers to Crime
Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to