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Fort Lauderdale Police searching for suspect in attempted kidnapping on Las Olas

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Fort Lauderdale Police are searching for a man who they say was caught on camera attacking a woman on Los Olas Boulevard.

The incident happened shortly before 6 a.m. back on Sept. 9, as the woman was walking in the 500 block of East Las Olas toward the beach, Fort Lauderdale Police officials said.

Investigators said the man ran up behind her, grabbed and choked her, then slammed her to the ground and started to drag her.

“The victim also offered money, her cell phone, things to the suspect to try to get him to leave her alone,” Det. Ali Adamson said.

A witness intervened and the suspect ran away and fled the scene on a bicycle before officers arrived.

Police on Thursday released a surveillance footage of the suspect, who they describe as a tall man in his 30s with short hair who was shirtless at the time of the incident.

Officials are still looking for the suspect.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call police at 954-828-6559.