Parents in Manatee County, Florida are being asked to be vigilant about a child sexual predator who is on the loose. He has already attempted assault on two girls and sexually assaulted a third. All three victims were between 12 and 15 years old.
Of course, any parents living in the area probably don't need any reminder after the attacks, which started in late November, resumed on January 31. The last attempt was even caught on film.
All the attacks happened during the daytime and the authorities have released surveillance footage of the attacker but have not yet been able to identify him. The footage is below:
Watching the short video is terrifying. You see the little girl walk by and then you see the predator jump the fence and come up behind her. Just watching it made my heart race with fear.
Even from the sketchy footage, the park looks safe, like the kind of place anyone would let their pre-teen walk in without supervision on her way home from school. As a parent, it makes me sick to see how he spots the girl and stalks her. It isn't a movie. It's real. The footage is disturbing to say the least.
In Florida, students coming to and from school are being told to walk in pairs or in a group and stay on public sidewalks. Parents are being told to be aware of their children's whereabouts at all times. Members of the community are being told they should also watch for anything out of the ordinary and immediately contact police if they see someone acting suspiciously.
Meanwhile, the school district has added security guards and installed additional cameras on school grounds, while local law enforcement has beefed up patrols in the area.
We can't keep our kids safe all the time, and this video and the accompanying safety procedures just prove that. Let's just hope this evil monster is taken off the streets soon.
Were you terrified by the video?
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