Police: Girl says she was dragged from bedroom by stranger

Attempted abduction reported on Jacksonville's Westside, police say

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are searching for a man after a girl said she was dragged out of her bedroom into her backyard during an attempted abduction on Jacksonville's Westside.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, police responded Monday to the area of Lucente and Burpee drives after an attempted abduction was reported.

The juvenile victim told police that between 12:45 a.m. and 4:44 a.m. an unknown man came into her bedroom through a sliding door and attempted to abduct her.

The victim said that during the struggle, she fell onto the ground and blacked out. When she woke up, she found herself in her own backyard. 

Every situation is different, but it is important to try to call for help, News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said.

"The best thing to do is to yell, scream, and make a lot of noise even though it may be inside the home, because quite often when people hear screaming or yelling, they run. And for some reason this person had decided to run, even though the victim had blacked out," Smith said.

The suspect was described as a black male in his late 20s to early 30s. He was said to be dark skinned with a very low (almost shaved) hair style and had crooked teeth. He was wearing all black clothes, gloves and Nike “Air Jordan 12” shoes.

Anyone with any information about this attempted abduction is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.