Sketch released after woman escapes abductor near Lake Worth Beach

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Investigators on Thursday released a sketch of the person suspected of trying to abduct a 60-year-old woman near the Lake Worth Beach this week.

The woman was able to escape the attempted abduction on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said the incident occurred around 4:15 p.m. at a pavilion in the lower-level parking lot.

The victim said she was waiting for a ride when a black man with a large build and short, cropped hair pulled up in a black four-door vehicle, similar to a Mercury Grand Marquis. 

The attacker, 40- to 50-years-old, grabbed the woman and tried to force her into his vehicle, but she escaped. 

"I can't believe it, it's such a family oriented place over here," said one man walking the beach.

Beach goers say a sudden rainstorm put a damper on the afternoon. 

"It was a scramble because it was a downpour and everybody was running all over the place," said one man who goes to Lake Worth beach often.

Deputies say the man was last seen driving a black car down A1A toward Lucerne Avenue. People say they feel safe at this beach but it's a situation that many couples have spoken about.

"It's definitely something we discuss. I always tell her to fight no matter what, never ever let them get you in the car," said Dick Walker, a Lake Worth resident.

After the sketch was released on Thursday, people on Lake Worth Beach were shocked.

"When I see a crime or anything like that it is usually minor...lIke someone breaking into a car. Never anything serious," Lake Worth resident Carl Lindenman said.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

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