Claim of ‘black man’ touching teenage girl at bus stop false, cops say

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SARASOTA, FL – The Sarasota community was on edge this morning after the report of an unknown man approaching a 15-year-old girl and touched her.

According to a report Monday morning, police began investigating the incident.

“We’re investigating a suspicious incident that happened Monday, May 10, 2021, in the 1500 block of 24th Street, Sarasota,” the department said. “At about 6:30 a.m., a female, age 15, was walking to her bus stop when she was approached from behind by an unknown man. The man placed his hands on the female’s hips and she immediately ran from the area.”

The man was described as a black man in his mid-30’s, 6’3” tall with a skinny and somewhat muscular build with a mustache. He was also described as last seen wearing a white t-shirt, black jeans, and black shoes.

It turns out, it wasn’t a true story.


“We appreciate the public’s help sharing the information in connection to a possible suspicious incident that may have happened early Monday morning,” Police later said. “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. There is no threat or harm to the public or the community.”