Girl says man grabbed her as she walked to bus stop

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BRADENTON, Fla. - The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating what they're calling a suspicious incident in which an 11-year-old girl says a man in a van tried to grab her on Wednesday.

According to the sheriff's office, the girl was walking in the 5900 block of 5th Street East on her way to the bus stop Wednesday morning.  That's when she says an older male in a white van pulled over and approached her around 7:25am.

She says the man asked her some questions then grabbed her arm.  She was able to pull her arm away and flee the area.  She reported the incident at school later that morning.

The man is described as an older white male with gray hair, wearing a blue and white striped shirt and black pants. The van is described as white in color with multiple windows.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.