LAND O' LAKES, Fla. (FOX 13) - A little girl's quick thinking may have protected her from a man who allegedly tried to get her into his car.
It happened Monday just after 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Academy at The Lakes, on Collier Parkway in Land O' Lakes, Florida.
The girl was walking through the parking lot and said a man pulled up, waved her toward his car, and said "come over here, get in the car." She reportedly told the man she had "somewhere to be" and walked into the front office of Academy at The Lakes' lower division. She said he did not get out of his vehicle.
The man was described as a heavy-set black male with dreadlocks, wearing a black t-shirt. He was driving a dark gray, 2014 Toyota Corolla, which was photographed by surveillance cameras.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office commended the girl for her quick-thinking and said this incident should be a reminder to parents to talk to their kids about so-called stranger danger.
"It's also a time for parents, guardians to talk to their children about stranger danger, how not to approach someone in a vehicle like this. This girl replied back to the man, she had someplace else to go, which is a good way to deflect this suspect's approach to her and she went on her way," said PCSO's Kevin Doll.
Anyone with information about the man or the incident is asked to call the Pasco County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-706-2488 and reference case number #19-025069.