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Dunedin teen fights off stranger who enters bedroom

The 15-year-old woke up her sister, then punched the man who held her by the arm. He fled and is now being sought.

By TAMARA EL-KHOURY
Published September 12, 2006


DUNEDIN - A Dunedin teenager was able to thwart her possible abduction after a black-clad stranger reportedly sneaked in her bedroom and grabbed her early Monday morning.

The man, who remained at large Monday, is described as thin-built, white and about 25 years old. He was last seen wearing a tight, black shirt, dark cargo pants, dark shoes and a partially rolled up stocking mask.

About 4:30 a.m., the man entered the house on Dinner Bell Lane E through an unlocked sliding glass door at the back of the house, said Pinellas County sheriff's spokesman, Mac McMullen.

The man then entered a bedroom shared by Kayla Ann Hudson, 15, and her sister Danielle M. Kosky, 14.

He grabbed Kayla by the arm and tried to stuff a sock in her mouth, detectives said. Kayla was able to punch Danielle and wake her up and the girls screamed as Kayla punched the man. He released Kayla and fled.

Two young girls and an adult female who answered the door at the residence Monday afternoon declined to comment.

Neither girl was injured, detectives said.

Such attempted abductions are very rare in Pinellas County, McMullen said. He said it appears the man was a stranger.

"We're asking for the public's assistance because we're trying to get to the bottom of this," McMullen said.

The Sheriff's Crime Prevention Unit is in the process of putting out a reverse 911 call, meaning they are contacting residents to notify them of the attempted abduction.

Detectives are asking anyone with information concerning the incident to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477 or Detective Matt Miller at (727) 582-6200.

[Last modified September 11, 2006, 22:17:51]


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