Osceola deputies search for man teen says grabbed him while walking home from school

Osceola County deputies are searching for a man accused in a suspicious incident Friday near Gateway High School.

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The Osceola County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who a teenager said grabbed him on his walk home from Gateway High School.

A 16-year-old boy was walking home from school near Fortune Road and Bill Beck Boulevard when he was approached by an unknown man around 3:30 p.m., deputies said.

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"Hopefully, he doesn't have any criminal history that would lead us to believe that he's out there trying to harm children, but we really want to find that out," said Maj. Jacob Ruiz.

Deputies said the boy ran into a bakery at the end of a shopping plaza when he realized the man was suspicious.

While at the bakery, the teen took a picture of the man, deputies said.

The picture and the boy's description allowed deputies to make a composite sketch of the suspicious man, who had a medium complexion, was around 45 years old, was between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and had short black hair.

The Sheriff's Office said it is still investigating the man's intent.

"He put his hands on the child, so that right there is battery, but based off on his actions and his comments to this child, it looks like his intent was much more than that," Ruiz said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222.