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SARASOTA COUNTY DEPUTIES CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR THE MAN WHO TRIED TO ABDUCT A 16 YEAR OLD GIRL AT THE VENICE YMCA WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  DEPUTIES SAY THE GIRL HAD JUST CLOCKED OUT OF THE DAYCARE AREA AND WAS WALKING THROUGH THE PARKING LOT TO MEET HER MOTHER AT THE CHURCH NEXT DOOR.  AS SHE ENTERED AN AREA COVERED BY TREES, SHE WAS APPROACHED FROM BEHIND BY A WHITE MALE WHO PUT ONE ARM BEHIND HER HEAD AND NECK AND PULLED THE GIRL CLOSE TO HIM.  HE REPORTEDLY SAID TO HER “YOU’RE COMING WITH ME.”  THE GIRL PUSHED THE MAN AWAY AND STARTED SCREAMING THAT SHE WAS CALLING POLICE, WHICH MADE HIM RUN OFF THROUGH THE PARKING LOT.  CANINES AND A HELICOPTER SEARCHED, BUT THEY DIDN’T FIND HIM.  HE IS DESCRIBED AS BEING IN HIS 30S WITH FACIAL HAIR, AND HE WAS WEARING BLACK PANTS AND A BLACK HOODED SWEATSHIRT WITH THE LETTERS DC OR DG ON IT.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AT 861-4900, OR CRIMESTOPPERS AT 366-TIPS, OR WWW.SARASOTACRIMESTOPPERS.COM.