Detectives looking for a suspect that sexually battered a 5 year old child

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***UPDATE*** Manatee County Sheriff's investigators have made an arrest in the case.

BRADENTON, Fla. - Deputies are searching for a man who they say kidnapped and sexually battered a 5-year-old child in a Bradenton mobile home park Monday.

It happened near the intersection of 14th Street West and 53rd Avenue.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, at around 1pm Monday afternoon the victim was playing with another child in the Wayside Glen Mobile Home Park when they were approached by an unknown black male. The man lured the victim to the nearby India Bazaar store, then to a vacant mobile home in the Aloha Estates Mobile Home Park.

The victim was held against will, choked and sexually battered at that location. The victim managed to escape, ran home and told a family member about the attack.

The attacker is described as: A black male, around 5’10, 220 lbs. - muscular build with short hair, or balding. He appears to be between 30 to 45 years of age. He was last seen wearing baggy blue jean shorts, no shirt and dark colored tennis shoes.

Detectives have released security video of the suspect trying to board a Manatee County Area Transit bus as he tried to flee the area.  They have also released a video of the suspect with the victim inside a convenience store.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.