Sarasota Police: Suspicious encounter at bus stop was false report

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Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 3:53 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - After initial reports of a suspicious individual grabbing a teen at the bus stop, Sarasota Police now say the incident was fabricated.

The girl told authorities that the incident happened Monday in the 1500 block of 24th Street when she was walking to her bus stop. She told police she was approached from behind by an unknown man and that the man had touched her hips.

ABC7 spoke with someone claiming to be the mother of the young teen. She recounted the same version of events and told ABC7′s Bill Logan that she was just glad that her daughter had successfully managed to get away.

“Following a thorough investigation that started at 8 a.m. Monday by numerous detectives and officers with the Sarasota Police Department, it was determined the allegations regarding the suspicious incident is false. Detectives have confirmed this incident did not happen,” reads a statement from the Police Department.

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