Authorities are investigating an attempted abduction and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Pompano Beach Wednesday morning.
Broward Sheriff's Office officials said the girl was walking to school around 7 a.m. in the area of East Copans Road and 1st Avenue when she noticed a car drive past her several times.
At one point a man got out of the car, grabbed the girl and put her in the car, officials said. He drove around for several minutes before parking in an alley between Northeast 3rd Avenue and Dixie Highway near Northeast 21st Street.
When the car stopped, the suspect tried to force the girl to have sex with him. The girl was able to open the passenger door and run to safety.
The girl's mother Chantale Domond, issued a statement Wednesday.
"Being a single mom with nine children raising them alone with only help from my Pastor is a hard shell of a life to be in already," the statement read. "Now when this terrible thing hits a home that’s already fighting and pressing to stand it puts a strain on me. But I’m a strong fighter."
Authorities haven't released any details about the suspect, other than he was in a black four-door car.
If you think you might know something about this crime, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.