September 24, 2018

**UPDATE #1**

After meeting with detectives this morning, the victim was able to help investigators create a composite sketch of the man who attempted to kidnap her last night.  Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of this man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

 

Suspect sought in attempted kidnapping near university campus

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down a suspect who tried to kidnap a young woman late last night.

The victim pulled into the parking lot at The Residences college dorm, located at 19801 Village Center Drive in Estero, just after 11:30 p.m., when she heard a vehicle speeding behind her.  When she turned around to look, the vehicle came to a stop right next to her and the driver exited the vehicle.  Without saying a word, the man grabbed the victims jacket and began forcibly pulling her towards his car.  In fear for her safety, the victim fought back until the suspect let go.  The victim managed to run away and call for help, while the suspect fled towards nearby shops and then eventually onto Ben Hill Griffin Boulevard.

The suspect is described as a white male, in his late 20s or early 30s, with a thin build, blond hair, brown eyes and a possible scar under his left eye near his nose.  He was driving a black Ford SUV, possibly an Explorer.

Anyone who may have witnessed the attempted kidnapping, or who may have any information on the suspect, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.

Note:  There are no surveillance photos at this time.  Should any photos or sketches become available, they will be released as soon as possible.