9-Year-Old Girl Says She Escaped Attempted Kidnapping, Search for Suspect Underway
UPDATE:5/12/2017, 11:00 A.M. – Both persons of interest have been interviewed. Officials say the incident was a prank.
UPDATE: 3:35 P.M. – Pasco Officials say they’ve made contact with Drew Bretnall and the investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE: 11:30 A.M. – During a press conference this morning, Sheriff Nocco told reporters there are two persons on interest that investigators are attempting to locate.
Nocco says Detectives are looking for 18-year-old Drew Robert Brentall of 12182 Bethwood Ave in New Port Richey. A description of Bretnall and his vehicle, a Blue Toyota Solara, bearing Florida tag 922 RYW was captured on surveillance video around the time of the incident. Detectives attempted to make contact with Bretnall at his home last night but he was not at the residence.
During the incident, Nocco says the victim ran to neighbor’s residence for help but they were not home. She then managed to make it back to her residence where she activated her home alarm. Deputies responded to the residence immediately began their investigation.
Speaking directly to Bretnall, Nocco says “If you’re watching this right now, if you’re seeing this, we just want to talk to you.”
NEW PORT RICHEY – (PASCO) – A 9-year-old Deer Park Elementary student says she escaped an attempted kidnapping while walking home yesterday afternoon.
According to officials, around 3:15 p.m. the victim says she was chased by a man from the roadway and between houses by an adult white male. While trying to find help, the victim lost the suspect and was able to find her way home. That’s when the victim says the same suspect approached her again at her residence and tried to coax her into getting into his car. The victim managed to lock herself in the residence until the suspect fled the area.
Officials provided a composite sketch of the suspect and a stock photo of what the car looks like.
Both New Port Richey Police and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office are involved in the investigation.
A press conference is scheduled for later this morning.
We will bring more on this story as it develops.
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