FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Police are investigating after they say a woman was nearly kidnapped in Fort Lauderdale last month.
According to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the alleged attempted kidnapping occurred Sept. 9 at approximately 5:58 a.m.
Investigators say the woman was walking along the 500 block of East Las Olas Boulevard toward Fort Lauderdale Beach when a man ran up behind her.
Police say the man grabbed her, choked her, and then slammed her on the ground and began dragging her until a witness intervened.
The suspect fled north on a bike before police arrived and remains on the loose.
Detectives have released surveillance video showing the suspect and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying him.
He is described as a tall, Black man in his 30s who has short hair. On the date of the incident, he did not have a shirt on, but was wearing dark pants and white sneakers.
The department is not aware of any additional victims. However, if anyone believes they may have been victimized by this suspect, or if they believe they may know someone who has, they are asked to contact the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspect is encouraged to contact Detective Tiana DeQuarto at 954-828-6559. To provide information anonymously, contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.