Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a homeless man in Deltona after a woman said he tried to take her purse Friday. Sheriff’s spokesperson Gary Davidson says the woman reported arriving for work at a plaza on Deltona Boulevard Friday morning around 7, and encountering a man she recognized as a person who “…often sleeps on the park bench in front of her business.” The Sheriff’s Office says the woman told deputies the man smelled of alcohol, and that he asked her for money. After she replied that she did not have any money to spare, the woman says the man grabbed her purse and tried to yank it away from her. Davidson says the two struggled over the purse and the man ran off after being kicked between the legs. The woman was not hurt in the incident.
Deputies and a K-9 searched the area for the man, and flyers were posted in the area, but the man was not located. The Sheriff’s Office hopes the public will recognize the man from reports of the incident and report on his location.
The man is described as white, likely between the ages of 45 and 50, around 5-7, last seen wearing khaki pants and a blue and red, short-sleeve, button-up shirt. The Sheriff’s Office says he looked “…dirty and unshaven and is known to frequent areas around Deltona Boulevard and Enterprise Road.” If you spot a man matching this description, the Sheriff’s Office asks you to call either 911 or the Sheriff’s Office at (386) 860-7030.
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