Witness stops alleged attempted kidnapping of woman in Fort Lauderdale

The suspect is still at large

A victim was walking along the 500 block of East Las Olas Boulevard in the area towards Fort Lauderdale Beach when an unknown male suspect ran up behind her.

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.

Detectives are searching for a man who recently attacked a woman while she was walking alone near Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale,

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.

Police investigate alleged attempted kidnapping in Fort Lauderdale. (Courtesy of Fort Lauderdale Police Department)

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.

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Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.