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Boy fondled by acquaintance, police say

A 13-year-old boy was lured into a vacant lot by an acquaintance and fondled in a North Tampa neighborhood Thursday evening, said Lt. Robert Goding of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Goding said the victim was at a neighbor's house when the suspect, a white man in his 30s, approached him and asked him to go for a walk. When they came to a lot on Pinecrest Road and Bearss Avenue, the man asked the boy if he wanted to party, Goding said. He then grabbed and fondled the boy, he said. The boy told officials he resisted, striking the man and knocking off his glasses. Goding said the child fled unharmed. The investigation was referred to the sheriff's juvenile bureau, and the suspect has not been found, Goding said.

Bank workers evacuated in bomb scare

TAMPA _ Office workers were evacuated from the NationsBank building at 1111 N West Shore Blvd. during a bomb scare Friday. Tampa Police Department Lt. Ken Dodge said the scare was a hoax. He said a man made an appointment for 10:30 a.m. Friday for a commercial loan. At 9:30 the man called to say he would be late for the appointment but would deliver his briefcase with loan papers to the bank. At 9:45 an unidentified person delivered the briefcase to the bank, Dodge said. The loan officer, who became suspicious when the man called back and asked if the briefcase had been opened, called police, police spokesman Scott Guffey said. The department's bomb squad was called in, Dodge said. Guffey said the building was evacuated about 11:30 a.m. He said bomb squad members found a hoax device with wires and batteries inside the briefcase. Employees eventually were let back into the building, but only the drive-through windows reopened for service Friday afternoon, a bank employee said.

2-year-old survives fall from window

TAMPA _ A 2-year-old North Tampa boy fell from a second story window Friday morning, but essentially was unharmed, authorities said. Hillsborough County paramedics arrived at the Country Oaks apartment complex on Skipper Road about 6:15 a.m. to find that the toddler had fallen from an apartment window, county emergency medical officials said. The boy, Kyle Perez, was flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital. Hospital spokeswoman Cindy Tanner said Kyle Perez had no visible injuries and was in good condition Friday afternoon. He is under observation and probably will go home today, she said.

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