MANATEE — Detectives from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bradenton Police Department met at the sheriff’s office’s headquarters Monday to compare notes on three recent crimes involving assaults on young girls. The solving of these crimes has now become a top priority, said Deputy Chief Jeffrey Lewis of the Bradenton Police Department.
“All of our resources are being poured into it,” Lewis said Monday, just speaking of the Bradenton Police Department. “We have six detectives, two supervisors, our entire street crimes unit, all our patrol officers, in fact, everyone in our agency from our chief on down is concentrating on this,” Lewis said.
The meeting centered on two near sexual assaults — last Thursday and Nov. 29 — being investigated by the sheriff’s office, and the rape of a 15-year-old girl Jan. 31 being investigated by the Bradenton Police Department.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for help in finding a man believed to be responsible for attacking three girls in southwest Florida. The Gold Star Club of Manatee County, which raises reward money for serious crimes against children, announced the reward Saturday.
The Bradenton Police Department is looking for a man in his 20s, about 6-foot tall with a thin build. The sheriff’s office was originally looking for someone in their 30s and 40s in the incident Thursday, but on Monday officials said it is possible the suspect is as young as 18. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 747-3011, Bradenton Police at 932-9300 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-8477.
UPDATED Jared Jenkins Arrested in Manatee Rape And Abduction Attempts Around Bayshore High School Bradenton. Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said a warrant for Jenkins arrest was issued Wednesday, and he was picked up Thursday at a home in Heritage Harbour in East Manatee County. Deputies also searched a home near where the attacks took place, where they found items that were used in one of the attacks.
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