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St. Pete police investigate attempted abduction

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

A 15-year-old girl reported an attempted abduction on Monday, the same day another girl reported a similar incident, according to St. Petersburg police.

About 3:30 p.m. Monday, a 15-year-old girl was walking eastbound to a friend's house on the south side of the 6600 block of 1st Avenue South when she was approached from behind by a white man who grabbed her upper arm and said, "Get in," police said.

The victim kicked him in the groin area and broke free as the injured suspect fell, police said. She ran and called her friend's mother to pick her up.

Police said the victim did not get a good look at the suspect, but described him as an older white male wearing black gloves and blue jeans.

About 11 a.m. Monday, a 14-year-old girl was walking near 26th Avenue North and 66 Street when she saw a white Lincoln Navigator drive past her slowly and then stop, police said.

As she walked by, the driver, a light-skinned adult Hispanic male, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, got out of the vehicle, according to police.

The man then made a flirtatious comment and asked if she needed a ride. The girl kept walking and took out her cell phone to call her father as the man got back into the vehicle and left, police said. The subject made no attempt to grab the girl, police said.

Anyone with information on either case is asked to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780.

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