Security beefed up at park girl escaped attacker

Posted at 10:31 PM, Mar 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 06:49:10-04

More than a week after a girl escaped from an abductor at Shady Oaks Park in Fort Myers, parents returning to the park for Easter are taking extra precautions.

"For me to know that a child of mine had been abducted would be devastating, or any child for that matter," said Felicia Watson.

A sketch released by Fort Myers Police depicts the predator, who is described as a white male curly blonde hair in his 50's.

According to investigators, the man forced a 16 year-old girl into his car along High and Second Street then brought her to the park, where she was able to break free.

"That's crazy that someone is trying to kidnap a kid and drop her off here," said Justin, a young man visiting Shady Oaks park for Easter.

It's a terrifying thought for parents who feel protecting children from predators is a constant battle that begins at home.

"It's something that people should really educate their daughters, and sons for that matter, teenagers and young adults that they have to be aware of their surroundings," said Watson.

Sunday security guards kept a watchful eye at the park's gates during a car show.

"It's best to have security with all this stuff going on," said Dan Loggins, Car show organizer. "On top of that I got police out here as well because I want it to be safe for everyone's kids and my kids as well."

While the predator remains on the loose, parents are keeping their little ones at arms reach, and equipping them with the tools to detect stranger danger before its too late.

"Check out the body language, you know the eyes, the wandering, the suspicion of how they're approaching you," said Watson."

Investigators say the suspect was driving a newer model red Lexus sedan. If you recognize him, contact Fort Myers Police.