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Largo sex offender accused of trying to kidnap 3-year-old girl in stroller

LARGO — A registered sex offender is accused of trying to snatch a 3-year-old girl at a school bus stop Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Victor Manuel Quintero, who also goes by the last name Santos, was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping and battery on a minor.

On Tuesday afternoon, Quintero, 48, of 3445 Gardenia Place, Largo, was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $105,000 bail.

According to Largo police, Quintero approached the child and her female caregiver at a school bus stop at 36th Street SE and Fourth Avenue SE around 4 p.m. Monday.

Quintero ignored the woman and directed his attention to the child in the stroller, arrest reports said. He went up to the child, began rubbing his nipples and calling the child "bonita," which is Spanish for "pretty," police said.

The woman, who was not identified, told police that Quintero twice tried to grab the stroller and she had to push him away. During the second attempt, "the child's head was violently striking the sides of the stroller," as the woman struggled with Quintero to get him to release his grip, according to arrest reports.

Police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux said police are also investigating multiple reports that Quintero approached female students walking to Largo Middle School earlier this month.

Quintero was released from prison in May after serving seven months of a yearlong sentence after he was convicted in 2010 of molesting a 12-year-old girl.

Largo sex offender accused of trying to kidnap 3-year-old girl in stroller 10/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 3:37pm]
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