After attacks, Manatee deputies will be out in full force

February 14th, 2011 by Staff

BRADENTON, FLORIDA– After three attacks on young girls, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is planning extra patrols Monday to keep a close eye on kids heading to and from school.

One shows the attacker stalking a victim outside Bayshore High School.

Another shows the same suspect following a 12-year-old girl home from school, before deputies say he tried to rape her.

“We’re very concerned. There’s been an increase in crime in this neighborhood in the last couple of years and this has just taken it to a whole new level,” said Mike Bryant, the parent of a 15-year-old.

With all three attacks taking place within blocks of schools, Manatee County deputies say they’ll be out Monday morning and afternoon.

“We’re very concerned about the safety of everyone out there and we need everyone looking. We need more eyes out there for us,” said Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube.

The sheriff says the community may be dealing with a “predator.”

He urges parents, if at all possible, to find their kids a ride to school.

If they must walk, Steube says to make sure they’re not alone.

“It would probably be safer that they stay where there is a lot of traffic and a lot of people around,” he advised.

Parents from nearby Lee Middle School and Bayshore High School have also gotten a reverse 911 call, warning them to take extra precautions.

“It gives you that awful feeling in your stomach,” Bryant described.

The suspects is described as a black male in his late 20′s to late 30′s with a thin build.

A $10,000 reward is also being offered.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS.

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