Fort Pierce police search for man who tried to kidnap child at school bus stop

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FORT PIERCE — Fort Pierce Police are searching for a man they say tried to kidnap a small boy as he waited at a bus stop early Wednesday morning.

CBS 12 talked with the father of the ten-year-old boy says parents need to use this example as to why they should talk to their kids about strangers right now.

“Yes, of course I tell him to fight back, don’t let anyone take you.”

The dad, who didn’t want to give us his name, is relieved this evening saying the outcome could have disastrous.

Police say around 7:30pm a man pulled up next to the bus stop and offered the boy candy.

When the child approached the stranger grabbed him and that’s when the boy began to fight for his life.

“The child started screaming for his friend at the bus stop and was kicking. The male let the child go, got into the SUV and drove off,” says Fort Pierce Sergeant Jason Braun.

Police tell us the man is around 35 years of age with a dog tattoo on his forearm. Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Pierce Police.

Fort Pierce police search for man who tried to kidnap child at school bus stop

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Report of 2nd attempted abduction in Fort Pierce is a false alarm

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The Fort Pierce Police Department now says a report of a second attempted abduction at a bus stop in as many days is just a false alarm.

A neighbor first reported the possible incident to police Thursday morning.

Neighbors in Fort Pierce are on edge.

On Wednesday, police released a composite sketch of a man who tried to grab a 10-year-old boy from a bus stop on Oleander Boulevard.

Investigators said the boy started kicking and screaming to scare the man away.  Police say the man drove off in a black SUV with a dark interior, and possibly black rims.  Investigators said the man had a tattoo of a dog’s head on his forearm.

Call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS.  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest and conviction.

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Boy, 15, arrested after allegedly displaying handgun on Fort Pierce street

FORT PIERCE — A teenager waving a handgun Wednesday near Orange Avenue was arrested soon after by Fort Pierce police.

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Model rocket sparks small brush fire in Fort Pierce

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The Florida Forest Service said a model rocket sparked a small brush fire in Fort Pierce.

The rocket landed in a field behind Fort Pierce Central High School.

Firefighters received a call about the fire at 12:40 p.m.  It was located in a wooded area behind the school, according to St. Lucie County fire spokeswoman Catherine Chaney.

The fire, about the size of a car, burned within 20 feet of some town houses.

Chaney said crews had plans to evacuate those nearby homes.

The school district told CBS12 the school is fine.

Crews had the fire under control about 30 minutes later.Model rocket sparks small brush fire in Fort Pierce

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7 Fort Pierce men arrested in prostitution sting

FORT PIERCE — Seven Fort Pierce men were arrested Tuesday afternoon after each allegedly struck a deal with an undercover St. Lucie County sheriff’s detective to exchange money for sex.

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Sketch released of Fort Pierce child abduction suspect

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Fort Pierce police have released a composite sketch of the man they believe tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy at a school bus stop on Wednesday.

Detectives said the incident occurred at Oleander Boulevard and Antilles Avenue around 7:30 a.m.

Police said a white man driving a black sport-utility vehicle with a black interior is being sought in the case.

“My kids ride their bikes up and down the street you know. I come in work cook whatever else so my kids ride my bikes up and down the street so yeah I’m concerned about it,” said Paul Ernsberger.

The man was wearing a black tank top, black gym shorts and black shoes and may have several tattoos on his right arm with a dog’s head tattoo on his forearm.   

The attacker is about 5 feet 7 inches with a thin build, dark hair and a mustache.  

“This case demonstrates the importance of educating our children about the dangers that strangers present to them.  The family of this child spoke with him about a month ago.  His actions today, fighting back, may have prevented a tragedy,” said Interim Fort Pierce Interim Chief Frank Amandro.

The driver pulled up at the bus stop, called the child over and offered him candy. He then got out of the SUV and grabbed the child’s arm, said police. The child began kicking and screaming for the other child at the bus stop. The man let the child go and quickly left the area west on Antilles Avenue, according to detectives.

“I’m still like in shock,” says parent Anna Areyan, “You just imagine that that can happen to my kid.”

Parents say it’s frightening.

“I am scared for my son,” says one mother who didn’t want to give her name, “I will make sure that instead of him walking home alone or him being alone that someone will be with him.”

As detectives search for the would-be abductor, the Fort Pierce Police Department and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office will be patrolling all school bus stops starting Thursday morning.

“I just hope they find out who tried to take my son,” says the victim’s dad who asked us not to use his name.

The father is grateful his son fought back.

“I’m glad that he’s okay and I’m glad that he took marital arts,” says the father.

The news scared kids who live in the neighborhood.

“That used to be my old bus stop,” says Gerardo Ponce.

Ponce, who is 12-years-old, told us his mom gave him the “stranger danger” talk.

“If they ask you anything like if you want a ride home or anything to say no and stay away from strangers,” says Ponce.

If you have any information regarding the incident, contact Detective Ludmila Quintao at 772-467-6862.  If you would like to remain anonymous, contact the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers with any information that may lead to the identification of the suspects at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). 

NewsChannel 5′s Meghan McRoberts contributed to this report.

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Felony arrest: Rory Johnson of Fort Pierce, charged with aggravated assault

Who: Rory Martell Johnson, 39, 1000 block of South Seventh Street, Fort Pierce

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Brush fire contained behind Fort Pierce Central, called an accident

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Firefighters extinguished a brush fire directly behind Fort Pierce Central High School, St. Lucie County Fire District officials said.

Firefighters worked with Florida Forest Service crews to contain the fire by 3 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

The fire, which officials called an accident, was caused by a model rocket, launched by students in the NASA program at the school, said Florida Forest Service spokeswoman Melissa Yunas. Once the rocket landed, it ignited a fire in a small pasture. Fire officials were able to extinguish it.

“Nothing was threatened. It’s just a unique case,” Yunas said.

Two homes along Creekside Drive were evacuated, but the high school wasn’t, Chaney said. The brush fire was reported just before 12:45 p.m. in the 4100 block of South 25th Street in a pasture.

The brush fire was contained at 2 acres by 2 p.m., Yunas said. Locked gates and a canal had made the fire difficult to contain.

Two brush trucks, one tanker and a Florida Forest Service plow were on the scene, Chaney said.

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Fort Pierce boy, 10, escapes attempted abduction at bus stop, say police

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Fort Pierce Police have released a composite sketch of the man they believe tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy at a school bus stop on Wednesday.

Detectives said the incident occurred at Oleander Boulevard and Antilles Avenue around 7:30 a.m.

Police said a white man driving a black sport-utility vehicle with a black interior is being sought in the case.

“My kids ride their bikes up and down the street you know. I come in work cook whatever else so my kids ride my bikes up and down the street so yeah I’m concerned about it,” said Paul Ernsberger.

The man was wearing a black tank top, black gym shorts and black shoes and may have several tattoos on his right arm with a dog’s head tattoo on his forearm.   

The attacker is about 5 feet 7 inches with a thin build, dark hair and a mustache.  

“This case demonstrates the importance of educating our children about the dangers that strangers present to them.  The family of this child spoke with him about a month ago.  His actions today, fighting back, may have prevented a tragedy,” said Interim Fort Pierce Interim Chief Frank Amandro.

The driver pulled up at the bus stop, called the child over and offered him candy. He then got out of the SUV and grabbed the child’s arm, said police. The child began kicking and screaming for the other child at the bus stop. The man let the child go and quickly left the area west on Antilles Avenue, according to detectives.

“I’m still like in shock,” says parent Anna Areyan, “You just imagine that that can happen to my kid.”

Parents say it’s frightening.

“I am scared for my son,” says one mother who didn’t want to give her name, “I will make sure that instead of him walking home alone or him being alone that someone will be with him.”

As detectives search for the would-be abductor, the Fort Pierce Police Department and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office will be patrolling all school bus stops starting Thursday morning.

“I just hope they find out who tried to take my son,” says the victim’s dad who asked us not to use his name.

The father is grateful his son fought back.

“I’m glad that he’s okay and I’m glad that he took marital arts,” says the father.

The news scared kids who live in the neighborhood.

“That used to be my old bus stop,” says Gerardo Ponce.

Ponce, who is 12-years-old, told us his mom gave him the “stranger danger” talk.

“If they ask you anything like if you want a ride home or anything to say no and stay away from strangers,” says Ponce.

If you have any information regarding the incident, contact Detective Ludmila Quintao at 772-467-6862.  If you would like to remain anonymous, contact the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers with any information that may lead to the identification of the suspects at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477). 

NewsChannel 5′s Meghan McRoberts contributed to this report.

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Fort Pierce man’s case could overturn Florida’s ‘open carry’ ban, gun …

By Michelle Quesada

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) – A Treasure Coast man’s legal fight could overturn a long-time Florida gun law. The future of Florida’s ban on openly carrying a firearm depends on a decision from a judge in the 4th District Court of Appeal.

In February of 2012, Dale Lee Norman of Fort Pierce was walking down the sidewalk of a busy street. His firearm was completely exposed as shown in police dash-cam video. Norman’s attorney, Eric Friday, says Norman had his concealed weapon permit but did not know his gun became accidentally exposed.

Norman was convicted of open carry of a firearm in a St. Lucie County Court. His Jacksonville attorney is with the independent group Florida Carry and took the case to the 4th District Court of Appeal. ”The issue is when the Second Amendment says a right to bear arms, what does that mean? Every court that’s looked at the issue has said that the concealed carry of arms is a privilege not a right,” said Friday during a Skype interview.

Friday’s argument is that ‘open carry’ is a right. Florida is currently one of five states that bans openly carrying firearms in U.S. ”We have certain rights because we live in America and those rights aren’t being honored right now here in Florida,” said Bob Harvey, a local NRA instructor.

Harvey is one of many gun rights advocates who hopes Norman’s case will overturn Florida’s ban. ”When you have to have a license or a permit to carry, is it really a right or a permission’s slip? That’s what this case is all about,” added Harvey.

But others like Artie Williams, who co-created the Mothers Against Murderers Association, are against open carry. ”When it comes to a point where it’s visible, that’s going to cause a problem,” said Williams.

Williams started the organization when his 27-year-old nephew was shot and killed 11 years ago. ”I think it gives the carrier an intimidation factor,” added Williams.

There’s no timeline on when the ruling of that case will be made. Florida does allow open carry on a very limited basis. You can under Florida law open carry your firearm if you are fishing, hunting or camping or on the way to or from.

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