Man forces woman to drive him from Panhandle to Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — Authorities are asking for help as they search for a man who forced a woman to drive from the Panhandle to Brooksville on Thursday before letting her go unharmed.

About 7:45 a.m., the suspect got in the back seat of the woman's car after she stopped at a McDonald's in Jefferson County, near the junction of Interstate 10 and the Florida-Georgia Parkway, according to a Hernando Sheriff's Office news release.

The man told the woman he had a knife, but she never saw one. About 12:30 p.m., the suspect told the woman to stop just west of the intersection of Citrus Way and U.S. 98, north of Brooksville. He got out and walked into the woods, and the woman drove to the nearby Florida Highway Patrol station.

The man did not harm the woman or take any of her property.

He was described as a white male, about 50 years old with a "weathered appearance." He is between 5 feet 10 and 6 feet, and weighs between 180 to 200 pounds. He also walks with a limp.

The suspect was last seen carrying a shopping bag and wearing a long-sleeve tan shirt, dark pants and black gloves that were either fingerless or severely worn.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Hernando County Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830 or Detective Bryan Faulkingham at (352) 797-3733 or bfaulkingham@hernandosheriff.org.

Man forces woman to drive him from Panhandle to Brooksville 11/16/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 16, 2012 8:09pm]

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