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Would-Be Rapist Caught On Tape, Suspected of Other Attacks

Photo Courtesy - WFTS-TV Tampa(MANATEE COUNTY, Fla.) -- A quick-thinking 12-year-old Florida girl was able to escape a man who grabbed her near a church and tried to rape her, and with the assault captured on video police said they may now have an image of the suspect in two other similar attacks.

The Gold Star Club of Manatee County announced Saturday it is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the unidentified suspect was caught on surveillance video Thursday following the girl home from school.

In the tape, a man is seen following the girl, then grabbing her from behind and carrying her to a tree, where police said he tried to rape her. But police said the girl was able to escape, when she told her would-be assailant that there were people nearby watching him. The man ran off, leaving the girl there, police said.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the attempted sexual assault is similar to two other recent cases in the area.

The suspect is described as a black male, 30-40 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a dark hoodie with black basketball shorts.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

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