Man believed to have molested girl wore No. 3 jersey

Girl reportedly molested in Miami Beach construction site porta-potty


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach police have released new details about a man who is believed to have molested a young girl over the weekend inside a construction site porta-potty.

Detectives said the attacker is believed to be a Hispanic man, who is possibly from Central America. They said he is between the ages of 25 and 35, is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and has a square build. They said he has light brown shaggy hair and was wearing an off-white or gray short-sleeved jersey with the No. 3 on the back. They said the shirt may have been a soccer jersey.

On Wednesday afternoon, detectives passed out flyers in the area in hopes that someone has information that can help them.

The incident was reported about 7 p.m. Sunday in a fenced-in construction site between the beach and the Alto Del Mar neighborhood just south of North Shore Open Space Park.

According to an incident report, the girl's father was with his four children behind the park when he realized that his daughter was nowhere to be seen.

He said he saw the girl coming out of the bushes on to the boardwalk just south of 79th Street holding hands with a man. Detectives said the girl's father yelled out to his daughter and the man started running south on the boardwalk.

Police said the girl's father chased the man north on Collins Avenue, where he was last seen possibly going west toward Harding Avenue between 79th Street and 80th Street.

Police eventually found the girl alone, and said she claimed that the man had held a knife to her and took her to a portable bathroom at the construction site.

Witnesses told police that they saw the girl's father chasing the man, but said the man had a good lead on him.

Anyone with information about the attacker or anyone who took photos in the area of North Shore Open Space Park on Sunday is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Photos can be emailed to anonymoustips@miamibeachfl.gov.

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