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Police: Tampa man attempts to abduct teen

Tampa police on Monday arrested a 33-year-old Tampa man, accusing him of trying to abduct a teenage girl walking to a bus stop on East 25th Avenue near North 10th Street.

Charged with false imprisonment and battery was Cornelius Will Byrd Jr., 1016 E. 23rd Ave. He was arrested after a short foot chase, police said, and additionally was charged with obstruction. Bail was set at $8,000, jail records show.

Police said Byrd approached the 16-year-old girl just before 7 a.m. as she walked to her school bus stop and said, “You know me.”

The teen said she did not know Byrd and tried to walk away from him, but he blocked her path. As she tried to walk around him, he pointed his hand in the shape of a gun and put it to her head, police said. He grabbed her arm and spun her around, police said, forcing her to walk with him.

A friend of the victim saw this and confronted Byrd, who then walked off, approaching several other juveniles on a bus bench and offering them a soda.

They ignored him, police said, and by this time, a neighbor who had been watching Byrd called police.

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