Daytona Beach police search for possible attempted abduction suspect

Man spotted near East International Speedway Boulevard

Daytona Beach police are searching for a man believed to be behind an attempted abduction.
Daytona Beach police are searching for a man believed to be behind an attempted abduction. (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach police located a man they say may have been behind an attempted abduction.

Officers were called to a 7-Eleven at 1:45 p.m. on South Peninsula Drive. Investigators said that’s where they found the victim.

The female told officers she was getting a slushy as a man was “paying special attention to her,” a report reveals. She told officers the man made her feel uncomfortable as he stared at her and appeared to watch her every move as she paid for her slushy, records show.

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As she left the convenience store, the man followed her out and continued to walk behind her, according to police. The man stayed in close proximity to her the entire time.

The victim confronted the man as he approached closer and asked him to walk in a different direction from her, officers said. After telling him he was scaring her, the suspect walked up to her right side, grabbed her with his arms, then wrapped them around her and picked her up off of her feet, a report details.

Officers said the man began dragging the victim. She then punched the suspect in the face and screamed, spilling her slushy all over the suspect’s shirt.

The man let go of the female and removed his shirt while apologizing to the victim, according to witness reports. The man then ran off. Police said he was last spotted on South Hollywood Avenue near East International Boulevard.

The department said officers were able to find the man and said, “Due to circumstances surrounding this man’s health and interviews with people connected to him, no arrest has been made at this time.”

Officials with the department said they do not believe the man poses a threat to the community but will continue to monitor the situation.

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