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Daytona Beach PD identify man seen in surveillance photo following incident at 7-Eleven

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — The Daytona Beach Police Department said they have identified the person of interest they wanted to speak with regarding a possible attempted kidnapping.

Officers said due to circumstances surrounding this man’s health and interviews with people connected to him, no arrest has been made.

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Officers said they do not believe that he poses a threat to the community.

“But we will continue to monitor the situation to make sure that remains the case and, should that change, we will take appropriate action,” the department said in a statement.

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Officers said they do not plan to release the man’s identity but that a charging affidavit for battery has been prepared and sent to the State Attorney’s Office for their review.

A woman told officers while she was inside a 7-Eleven Monday afternoon along South Peninsula Drive in Daytona Beach, she became suspicious of a man that was watching her as she was purchasing a Slurpee.

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According to a police report, after purchasing her items, the victim started walking towards Hollywood Street and East International Speedway Boulevard, when she noticed the man was following her.

When the man got closer, she turned around to confront him, and that is when he grabbed her with both arms and attempted to carry her away.

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The woman said she was able to fight him off and spilled her Slurpee on him when he let her go and started apologizing for what he did.

The woman said she took off running to find help and called the Daytona Beach Police Department.