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Accused pedophile tries to kidnap girls near schools, police say

Accused pedophile tries to kidnap girls near schools, police say
Accused pedophile tries to kidnap girls near schools, police say

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – An accused pedophile was trying to kidnap girls near schools in Miami-Dade County, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Jackson Etienne was a regular outside of John F. Kennedy Middle School at 10705 NE 167 St., in North Miami Beach, between December and January, police said.

Students told police officers he was trying to persuade them to get into his car. Students from Sabal Palm Elementary School had the same complaints, and they identified Etienne as the man who was trying to abduct them, prosecutors said.

Jackson Etienne is accused of trying to kidnap girls in Miami-Dade County. (Miami-Dade Corrections)

Etienne, 49, who was already being held on kidnapping and child molestation charges, appeared in Miami-Dade County court on Tuesday to face new attempted kidnapping charges.

Miami-Dade Schools Police Department Chief Edwin Lopez released a statement on the case Tuesday afternoon warning pedophiles that detectives are also watching the area outside of the schools.

“A predator has been taken off the streets and will be prevented from victimizing any more children,” Lopez said.

Accused pedophile targeted girls at Sabal Palm Elementary and JFK Middle School, police said. (Local 10)

This is a developing story. Local 10 News Photojournalist Mario Alonso contributed to this report.


About the Authors:

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.