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Police looking for man who may be targeting teenage girls in Broward

Pembroke Pines police have released this sketch of a man of interest who is wanted for suspicious incidents in which teenage girls are approached by a man who, they say, tried to get them into his car. The same individual is potentially linked to incidents in September and November.
Pembroke Pines police have released this sketch of a man of interest who is wanted for suspicious incidents in which teenage girls are approached by a man who, they say, tried to get them into his car. The same individual is potentially linked to incidents in September and November.

Pembroke Pines police are looking for a man who they say was approaching teenagers suspiciously and could be dangerous.

In the latest incident, on Tuesday afternoon, a teen girl was walking from a bus stop toward her home at 3 p.m. when she saw a man driving a gray Toyota Scion SUV. When she passed his vehicle, she turned around and saw that he had begun to follow her on foot.

According to police, the suspect said he wanted to talk to her. But she ignored him and continued toward her house. He then told the girl that he had a gun and if she did not stop in three seconds and talk to him he would pull the weapon out, police said.

The teen called out to her father and he ran outside. The suspect ran back to his car — but not before she managed to snap a photo of the man on her cell, which she showed to officers.

The suspect is described by police as a black male in his early 20s, 5-11, medium build. He was wearing a gray hat, gray shirt, light-colored shorts and black shoes.

Police say they located an individual who matched a sketch on Tuesday night.

“We have a subject but not a suspect — meaning, we need additional information from the public in order to determine if a crime has been committed,” said Pembroke Pines Capt. Al Xiques.

Pembroke Pines police say this case may be connected to previous incidents in which a man of similar description and similar vehicle tried to lure teenagers to his car in September.

On Sept. 18, a man stopped his car to make small talk with a teenage girl. He claimed to be lost on his way to Sawgrass Mills and offered to charge the girl’s cellphone in his car. Another time, the man stopped two teens and asked to use their cell phones before taking off.

In those incidents, the man was described as being a black male in his 30s, about 5-10 and was driving a four-door Mazda with tinted rear windows.

Xiques said he believes it’s the same individual. “We’ve identified a subject that matched the description on the sketch and a similar description of the vehicles but we have not confirmed that he is a subject,” he said.

“This similar individual approached several underage young ladies. In the most recent incident he threatened with a firearm, although she didn’t see it but we believe her statement,” Xiques said. “We believe we’ve identified a subject that is potentially linked but we need information from the public that maybe will help us.”

If you have information regarding this or previous incidents, contact Pembroke Pines Police Department at 954-431-2200 or email to tips@ppines.com. You can also call Crimestoppers at 954-493-8477.

Howard Cohen: 305-376-3619, @HowardCohen

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