Attempted sexual assault reported in downtown Fort Myers

Posted at 2:36 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 23:08:30-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The search is on for a suspect that police say attempted to sexually assault a woman in downtown Fort Myers who stopped to ask for directions.

According to Fort Myers Police Department, the incident happened on Sunday, September 25th in the 2400 block of First Street, near the library.

The victim says that around 3:10am, she stopped to ask directions. The male suspect was initially cooperative, but then attempted to sexually assault the victim behind the building. The attack was interrupted as the victim screamed for help and another male in the area heard the screams and ran to the victims aide. 

The witness in this case saw the suspect flee on foot and to a vehicle.

The male suspect, is described as in his 20’s, Hispanic, 5'7" tall, medium build, has short dark hair, and a close shaved beard. The male was observed wearing a black sort sleeved shirt and dark colored jeans. 

He was driving a full size sedan, blue/gray in color, possibly a Honda or Toyota last observed driving west on First Street.  Surveillance video shows a quick glimpse of the suspect's car.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Myers Police Department at (239) 321-7700, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.