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Detectives: Search on for Pasco ‘candy’ predator

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NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) -

Two children in New Port Richey say a man lured them into the backyard of a vacant home and touched them inappropriately. Tuesday, detectives were trying to find the man.

Parents and people living in the 6000 block of 9th Avenue say they are nervous. The incident happened Friday at 8 p.m., according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

"There's tons of kids around here and just to know that somebody could be around here and doing something like that is honestly disgusting," Martina Taylor told FOX 13.

A man driving by started talking to two 9 year olds playing outside, detectives say.

"He pointed out two different houses on the street asking about if they were for sale, spoke about the backyards of the houses, asking if the kids knew about the backyards," Pasco Sheriff's Det. Daniel Toner said.

The man drove away then came right back and parked in the driveway of that vacant house. The little boy and girl walked with him behind the house.

"When they got back there, that's when he had told them he may have gum or candy and inquired if they wanted to play a game," Toner said.

That's when the man inappropriately touched both children, investigators say. The little girl told the boy's parents.

Kids in the neighborhood tell detectives they've seen the suspect driving around several times in the past two weeks. Detectives say he's in a red or maroon newer model, four-door SUV, possibly with tinted windows.

A check of the state database shows 70 registered sex offenders and predators live within a two-mile radius of the vacant home.

"Definitely the parents are looking out, especially for the sake of their kids," Taylor said.

Detectives want to catch the man before he hurts another child.

He is described as in his late 50s to early 70s, white, with graying hair and a clean-shaven face. He has a medium to large build.

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