Man followed woman from gas station, attempted to abduct her – About Your Online Magazine


UPDATE: Daytona police have identified the suspect and “due to circumstances surrounding this man’s health and interviews with people connected to him,” they will not be arresting him. They say he poses no threat to the community but they will continue to monitor. Previous story:Daytona Beach police are working to identify a man they say attempted to abduct a woman after seeing her at a gas station. Officers said it happened Monday around 2 p.m. near the 7-Eleven at 301 South Peninsula Drive. The victim told police she was getting a slushy from the gas station when she noticed a man paying “special attention” to her.She stated that when she left, the suspect began following her. When the man was less than 20 feet from her, she turned to tell him to walk a different direction because he was scaring her. “I said, ‘Sir can you please move on the other side, you know you’re starting to creep me out, because you’re following me and I don’t like it,'” the woman, who wants to remain unidentified, told 911 dispatch.The victim told officers the suspect then grabbed her with both arms, lifting her off the ground. As he began dragging her away, the victim began punching his face and screaming. In the struggle, the victim’s slushy spilled on the suspect.The victim said he suddenly removed his shirt, and apologized, saying, “I didn’t mean to hurt you” before turning and running away. The woman said she was certain he was attempting to abduct her. “Hard to tell what his motive was at this point, but obviously someone who would do this is a threat to the community,” Public Information Officer Messod Bendayan said. “This is someone we believe tried to grab a woman and take her away.”Anyone with information on this incident should contact Daytona Beach police.

UPDATE: Daytona police have identified the suspect and “due to circumstances surrounding this man’s health and interviews with people connected to him,” they will not be arresting him. They say he poses no threat to the community but they will continue to monitor.

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Daytona Beach police are working to identify a man they say attempted to abduct a woman after seeing her at a gas station.

Officers said it happened Monday around 2 p.m. near the 7-Eleven at 301 South Peninsula Drive.

The victim told police she was getting a slushy from the gas station when she noticed a man paying “special attention” to her.

She stated that when she left, the suspect began following her.

When the man was less than 20 feet from her, she turned to tell him to walk a different direction because he was scaring her.

“I said, ‘Sir can you please move on the other side, you know you’re starting to creep me out, because you’re following me and I don’t like it,'” the woman, who wants to remain unidentified, told 911 dispatch.

The victim told officers the suspect then grabbed her with both arms, lifting her off the ground. As he began dragging her away, the victim began punching his face and screaming. In the struggle, the victim’s slushy spilled on the suspect.

The victim said he suddenly removed his shirt, and apologized, saying, “I didn’t mean to hurt you” before turning and running away.

The woman said she was certain he was attempting to abduct her.

“Hard to tell what his motive was at this point, but obviously someone who would do this is a threat to the community,” Public Information Officer Messod Bendayan said. “This is someone we believe tried to grab a woman and take her away.”

Anyone with information on this incident should contact Daytona Beach police.

Paula Fonseca