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Residents worry about children's safety after missing child is found with homeless man

Posted at 6:36 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 06:57:45-04
A Fort Myers community where a 10 year-old girl was taken by a homeless man is expressing concern over not being notified of the incident by property management. 
 
Brandon Robbins is currently in Lee County Jail facing charges of lewd and lascivious behavior on a minor and interference with custody of a minor. 
 
According to Robbins' arrest report, he forced a 10 year-old girl "to be with him" in a wooded area next to the Island Vista Estates where she lived. 
 
After a five-hour search, the young girl was found with Robbins, 21, who told authorities the girl was his fiancee. 
 
Authorities say Robbins' was homeless and reportedly lived in the wooded area along Tamiami Trail since being released from jail two weeks ago. 
 
"I didn't know that she was back here with that idiot that told them that he had a relationship with this child for two years," said Gary Blaton, who has lived in Island Vista Estates for years.  
 
He says he's never heard of any issues related to the homeless people living next to his community. However, when the young girl went missing he told Fox 4 he knew where to point police. 
 
"I said check in the woods cause there's people living in the woods back here and I said that's probably where she's at," said Blaton. 
 
Robbins wasn't listed as a registered sex offender at the time of the incident. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement sex offender registry shows 6 sex offenders within one-mile of Island Vista Estates. 
 
Residents told Fox 4 the property managers didn't notify them of the recent incident with their 10 year-old neighbor. 
 
"Very afraid because I live close to the woods and I'd never want that to happen to our son, ever," said Victoria. 
 
Fox 4 contacted Equity Lifestyle Properties for comment on this story but they did not return our calls by the time we ran this report.