16-year-old boy walking home from school says man tried to grab him

On left, a photo taken of the man a 16-year-old Gateway High School student says tried to grab him. On right, a composite image of the unknown man provided by the Osceola Sheriff’s Office.

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - A 16-year-old Gateway High School student said an unknown man tried to grab him "to walk him home," officials with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office said.

The teen was walking home from school at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was approached by the man in the area of Fortune Road and Bill Beck Boulevard. The man initially asked for directions then grabbed the teen's arm and said he was going to walk him home so he wouldn't have to walk alone.

The teen pulled his arm away from the man and went into a nearby business. While the 16-year-old was waiting for the coast to clear, he saw the man in the parking lot talking to someone inside a black car.

The man is described as Hispanic, with short black hair, medium complexion, about 45 years old and between 5 foot, 7 inches and 5 foot, 9 inches tall.

Authorities want to speak with the man about the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 407-348-2222.

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