Police have released a sketch of a man they said tried to abduct a 13-year-old boy in southwest Miami-Dade.
The attempted kidnapping happened around 3 p.m. Nov. 20 in the 3900 block of Southwest 156th Avenue, Miami-Dade Police said.
According to police, the teen was approached by the suspect who tried to grab him. The boy was able to fight the man off.
"I was scared. I was intimidated and I felt the adrenaline, and I couldn't believe it was real what was going on," said the teen, who was lifting weights in his garage when the incident happened. "He told me to come here and I told him no, and he went to grab my wrist and I put the weight back on the rack and I yanked away and grabbed the bat and charged at him and he went running off."
The teen immediately called for his mom and the police.
"He did the right thing. He went home and called his mom and the guy dipped," said Abraham Cusse, neighbor.
The victim said the suspect is 54-55 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, with salt and pepper hair, gray eyebrows with a small gold hoop earring and a missing front tooth.
"Just the way he said it, it didn't sound right and he didn't look like someone that would want to talk to me for a normal conversation," the teen said. "I don't want any other kid to go through what I went through."
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.