Man sought after girl approached riding bike to school, Volusia deputies say

Suspicious incident investigated


DELTONA, Fla. – Deputies are investigating a suspicious incident Wednesday where an 11-year-old girl was approached by a man while riding her bicycle to school in Deltona.

Volusia County deputies said the girl was riding her bike to Pride Elementary School at 7:30 a.m. when a man drove up to her in the area of Howland Boulevard and Keeling Drive and offered her a ride.

The girl declined the ride and notified school officials, who sent out an alert to parents by phone Wednesday afternoon.

"It's crazy," said Michael Stokes, whose daughter is in the same class as the girl who was approached. "You just never know, and I yell at (my kids) all the time about traveling too far down the road and getting out of eyesight."

The driver was described by deputies as a white man in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, 145 pounds and wearing all black clothes. He was driving a black sedan-type vehicle lowered to the ground with tinted windows, according to deputies.

Deputies said they are increasing patrols in the area of the incident. The school principal also sent out a message to parents at the school discussing the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact sheriff's investigator Julian Elmazi at 386-860-7030.

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