Investigators use technology to track down Naples Park suspect

Reporter: Gina Tomlinson Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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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.

The search continues for a man who a woman in Naples Park says shoved her into his van while she was jogging before she escaped and he drove off. Multiple other women also said a man was lingering in Naples Park in November and approached them all separately during similar situations.

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk spoke to us exclusively about the ongoing investigation Tuesday. He says CCSO is using innovative tactics to track down the suspect, and he told us detectives have gathered new data, information and are getting closer.

“A lot of that has to do with using science, using technology, and we’re going to employ that and the help of residents,” Rambosk said.

Nearly two months after a scare on neighborhood streets, people who live in Naples Park stand on guard.

“My wife likes to walk every night. She doesn’t feel safe anymore. There’s a predator,” Ray Hacks said.

The face of a man who investigators say tried kidnapping several joggers is posted throughout Naples Park, a neighborhood where many like Sybil Gilmore come to vacation.

“I have three grown daughters,” Gilmore said. “I usually tell them never to run alone … Always be aware of your surroundings.”

Hacks, a retired deputy, lives a few houses away from where the suspect’s gray van was spotted.

”I’m sure the sheriff’s office is doing the best the they can, but they can’t put a mouse trap out for the guy,” Hacks said.

Hacks worries the suspect will continue his behavior somewhere else as long as he’s out on the street.

“He’ll probably go out into some other neighborhood,” Hacks said.

Neighbors say the suspect won’t be able to do that Naples Park again.

“He’s just wasting his time. Everyone knows he’s here now. The people are aware of him,” Hacks said.

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