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Man sought after trying to lure teen into car, Daytona police say

Cops: Man told teen 'if you don't come to me, I'll come to you'

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach police are aggressively searching for a man who they said tried luring a 14-year-old girl into his car on Friday afternoon.

"I was thinking am I going to get kidnapped? Am I going to be taken away-never seen again?" said Zaporha Steward.

Steward said she was walking down the street in the 1200 block of Hillcrest Drive to pick up her boyfriend's little sister, when a man pulled up in his car and tried to take her.

"I froze and he was like come here, come here, come here. Since you're not going to tell me where you're going, come here. I just ignored him and he was like you can come to me or I can come to you," she said.

Steward said it happened just feet from her home.

"He was just trying to take me because he leaned out of the car as if he was about to get out and come towards me," said Steward.

That's when Steward said she only had one chance to escape.

"I finally just screamed," she said.

Steward said the man quickly sped off, while she ran home to tell her mother, who called police.

Police released a sketch and description of the man. They said he's a black male, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was also last seen driving a light blue Jaguar.

"Officers flooded the area Friday night. We did door to door canvass, we had the helicopter up. We really want to find out whop that individual is and get our hands on him," said Chief Mike Chitwood.

Steward's mother said she is now watching her daughter around the clock.

"I'm not allowed to walk anywhere by myself. She doesn't want this to happen to other kids," said Steward.

If you know anything about this case, please call Detective Nate Williams at 386-671-5209


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