Fifth woman comes forward in Naples Park attempted abduction investigation

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Sketch of the suspect wanted in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a jogger and the luring of four other women all in Naples Park in November 2020. Credit: Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate recent attempted abduction incidents in the Naples Park community in North Naples.  

The sheriff’s office confirmed Wednesday another woman reports a man matching the law enforcement sketch approached her in Naples Park the same day as other incidents. This brings total similar reports to five.  

According to the CCSO Facebook post, a woman said she was walking in the area of 91st Avenue North between 6th Street North and Vanderbilt Drive at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 when a man in a minivan stopped, opened his door, exited the vehicle and asked if she had seen his lost beagle. The woman said she backed away from the man and told him she would call the number on the dog’s tag if she encountered it. She told investigators the man got back in the minivan and left. 

The woman saw the law enforcement sketch about other attempted kidnappings and recognized him as the same individual. She described the minivan as brownish-gold with dark tinted windows. 

This newly reported incident happened the same day as three of the others reported in Naples Park.  

The man is described as a white male in his 30s with a buzzcut hairstyle and facial stubble. He is 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs between 190 to 210 pounds. Three of the subjects told deputies the vehicle involved was a dark-gray van with tinted windows. One woman told deputies the van was gold. 
Anyone with information can call Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

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