Attempted kidnapping reported near Florida Gulf Coast University

Posted at 8:11 AM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 09:59:27-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Investigators are looking for a man who reportedly tried to kidnap a young woman at a student housing complex near Florida Gulf Coast University.

According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the incident happened just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday at The Residences dorms on Village Center Drive just south of the FGCU campus.

The victim says she had just parked when she heard a speeding vehicle stop behind her.  The driver got out and approached the woman, grabbing her by the jacket and pulling her towards his SUV.

The victim managed to fight back and get free from the suspect, who then fled the complex onto Ben Hill Griffin Parkway.

He 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 or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.

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