FORT MYERS, Fla. – Fort Myers police tell WINK News, they’ve stepped up patrols in the area looking for the man a teenager says tried to lure her into his car Monday morning.
The incident has a neighborhood on edge and a young girl afraid to leave her home.
“I feel pretty scared and shocked that something like that would happen to me because I’d never thought I’d be a victim,” said 14-year-old Elizabeth.
The teen told police she was walking towards the bus stop just after 9 a.m. when a man drove up and told her he’d pay her if she got into his car.
Elizabeth says she told the man she didn’t want his money, and started to walk back toward her house.
“He continued to get out of the car and yell towards me to say stop playing games and get in the car,” said the teen. “That’s when I said ‘leave me alone’ and I ran as fast as I could towards my house.”
The 14-year-old told her older sister and her mother about what happened. Her sister tells WINK News she got really upset, told her mom to jump in the car and went to look for the suspect. The sister says, “we couldn’t find anything so I thought I’d just call the cops.”
Elizabeth describes the man as Hispanic with a very heavy accent, mid-to-late 30s, around 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a beard. She describes his vehicle as an older gray two-door convertible with lines in the rear panels.
The teen’s sister tells WINK News she’ll walk her to the bus stop Tuesday morning.
If you know who this man is, you’re asked to call Fort Myers Police.