Tuesday night, Clearwater police charged 42-year-old Joshua Hockaday with an attempted abduction early Tuesday morning.
Investigators said he struck up a brief conversation with a 50-year-old woman from Aurora, Illinois, a guest at the Clarion Inn on U.S. 19 North.
"They did not know each other as far as we know," said police spokesman Rob Shaw, "Just two strangers."
A couple of hours after that brief encounter, the woman was sitting outside her room when someone came up behind her.
"Somebody comes up from behind her, puts his hand over her mouth and proceeds to start to drag her away from her room," Shaw said. He said the woman screamed, drawing the attention of her son, who was inside the hotel room.
When the son came out, the suspect ran off.
The police isolated an image of the suspect from the hotel's security cameras.
"We fanned out to area restaurants, neighborhoods, residences," Shaw said.
That led police to Hockaday, who lives in a tiny duplex less than a mile from the hotel. Jail records say he was already on probation from an earlier burglary charge.
Bond for the attempted kidnapping is set at $50,000.
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