Greenacres woman escapes abduction, police working to identify a suspect

GREENACRES, Fla. -- Greenacres Police are working to identify a man who they say abducted a 19-year-old woman Saturday morning.

Police say she was able to escape.

Police say the 19-year-old told police that the man told her his name is Julio. Police describe him as Hispanic, between 20- and 25- years-old, approximately 190-200 pounds, medium colored skin, with a thin beard. They say he is muscular with short dark hair. He also has a tribal tattoo on his right bicep.

Police say he also speaks fluent Spanish and English without an accent.

Police say the abduction happened near 10th Avenue North and Haverhill Rd. around 6:30 A.M.

Police say the man pulled up to her, offered her a ride and she refused it. Then, police say he pulled out a hand gun and ordered her into his car.

Police say he was driving a dark colored sedan, likely a 2004 to 2006 Nissan Altima.

Police say then they drove about a mile and a half to the intersection of Lakewood Road and Beverly Drive. When the car stopped, police say the woman was able to take advantage of the moment, and escape unharmed.

The intersection where the abduction happened is also right next to John I. Lennard High School.

Parents nearby say they're now concerned about the safety of their own children.

Mervin Gomez has a 5-year-old son who plays outside near that intersection. He also has a 17-year-old sister who walks to school.

Stephanie Roque has a 16-year-old daughter who walks to school in that area, too. "Anything can happen just around the corner, wow," Roque said.

Roque said she will start driving her daughter and remain watchful for anyone suspicious.

"There are going to be a lot more parents who are more aware of what you're doing. Watch out," said Roque.

Greenacres police urge anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.

 


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