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Man tries to abduct female joggers near movie theater

NEW TAMPA — Police arrested a 25-year-old man they say tried to kidnap three female joggers in recent days, including two New Tampa women.

One of the women got a partial tag number, which led to the arrest of Christopher Allan Sorter, of 4411 Shady Terrace Lane, No. 301. He faces three kidnapping charges.

Sorter was arrested Tuesday night outside a movie theater in New Tampa where they say he was looking for women to approach.

The first incident happened Friday in Carrollwood as Jermil Thomas, 17, was jogging in the 4600 block of Linebaugh Avenue. A man on foot approached her from behind and told her to get in his car. She ran to a nearby house. The man followed her and parked his car outside the house. Thomas got a partial tag number before he left.

That led police to Sorter's house Tuesday night. As police staked out the house, they received reports of a man trying to abduct two women in New Tampa.

He approached Jennifer Seymour, 24, as she jogged past him, police said. He tried to grab her, but she fought him off and ran away.

Five minutes later he approached a second jogger, Gwen Stewart, 49, and she also got away, police said.

Police soon found Sorter driving through the parking lot of a nearby Muvico movie theater, apparently looking for more women.

Man tries to abduct female joggers near movie theater 12/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 11:06am]
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