Possible abduction attempt and related incident on same day

3:39 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg detectives are investigating two suspicious incidents involving girls being approached by a man while walking in St. Pete neighborhoods.

Detectives say the first incident happened around 3:30 p.m. Monday when a 15-year-old girl was walking east in the 6600 block of 1st Avenue South. 

The girl says a man grabbed her upper arm from behind and said "get in". She reacted by kicking him in the groin and was able to run away to call for help when he fell to the ground in pain.

The girl told police she did not get a good look at him but said he was an older white man who was wearing black gloves and blue jeans. She did not know if he had a car nearby.

The second incident happened Monday morning around 11 o'clock when a second girl was walking in the area of 26th Avenue North and 66th Street. She told police she saw a white Lincoln Navigator slowly drive past her and stop ahead of her. When she passed the car, a man described as a light-skinned Hispanic got out and made a flirtatious comment to her and asked if she needed a ride.

The girl kept walking and took out her phone to call her father. The man got in his car and drove off. He did not try to grab her.

Detectives are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information on either case is asked to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780.

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