ST. PETERSBURG —
St. Petersburg Police believe a man wanted for attacking a 16-year-old girl on the way to her bus stop was actually lying in wait for her.
Police say this assumption is based on surveillance video taken from a nearby business.
The video depicts the suspect before and after the assault last Friday morning.
It shows the suspect circling around the business on a BMX style bike prior to the assault.
After getting off the bike and parking it nearby, the suspect can be seen sitting near some air conditioning units on the east side of the building.
As soon as the victim passed by the business, not depicted in the released video, the suspect can be seen running after her.
In the next segment of video, the suspect can be seen fleeing back to the east side of the business to get his bike and then rode it in a southwesterly direction out the area.
Based on their observations of the video, detectives believe that the suspect anticipated the victim’s arrival. The victim has taken the route in the past to get to her school bus stop, police say.
The suspect was described by the victim as being a white male, in his late 20s, approximately 5`6″, approximately 140 to 150 pounds, “skinny,” wearing a black zipper jacket, a black knitted beanie or skullcap on his head and dark leather gloves with a strap around the wrists.
The suspect was clean-shaven with the exception of a scruff on his chin, police say.
Anyone who believes they recognize the suspect or have any information that may help identify him is asked to call the St. Petersburg Police at 727-893-7780 or they may utilize the TIP LINE at 727-892-5000.