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Cape Coral Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Kidnapping


(August 21, 2014)-  Cape Coral Police have arrested a suspect in an attempted kidnapping that occurred yesterday at around 11:30 AM, in the 3500 block of Surfside Boulevard.

At 2:34 PM, members of the Cape Coral Police Street Crimes Unit made contact with Curtis D. Cornelison, W/M, DOB: 11-21-1985 of 128 SE 42 Ter., Cape Coral at his residence and took him into custody without incident, based on probable cause established by Patrol Officers and Detectives working the case.

A 9-11 caller to the Cape Coral Police Department advised that he was flagged down while driving by a hysterical hispanic female.  The female jumped into the Good Samaritan's car and asked him to follow a car.  Seeing that she was visibly shaken and assuming something happened, the Samaritan assisted in catching up to the vehicle.  The female took a cellphone camera photo of the car.

According to the victim, she went roller skating that morning, as she usually does.  While out thais morning, she stopped under some palm trees in about the 3500 block of Surfside Boulevard, to drink some water.  While standing there, someone approached from behind her and grabbed her ponytail, pulling her backwards.  Startled, she began resisting and yelling, "no!"  An unknown W/M continued to pull her backwards towards a maroon four (4) door vehicle whose front passenger door was open.  The W/M hit her on the side of the head with an open hand and tried to force her into his car.  She was afraid for her life, and believed she was being kidnapped.  She noticed that at this time, her assailant had exposed his genitals.  With her roller skates on, she was able to pull away from her attacker and watched him run around to the driver's side.  The victim said the unknown man got into the driver's seat and sped away, northbound on Surfside Boulevard.  She said she was trying to get her cell phone out of her pocket to take a picture of the car and license plate, but was unable to quick enough.  She said she saw another car approaching her and she began waving her arms and begged for help.

Cape Coral Police Detectives interviewed the victim and obtain a detailed description of the attacker and took forensic evidence from her cellphone.  The suspect was able to take a sufficiently clear photograph of the suspect car that Detectives were able to identify it as a 4-door maroon Hyundai Elantra, registered to Curtis D. Cornelison of Cape Coral.

Cape Coral Police Detectives made contact with Cornelison yesterday and brought him to the Cape Coral Police Department for questioning.  At the time of the questioning, Cornelison was wearing clothing matching the detailed description provided by the victim.  Cornelison was returned home following questioning and Detectives continued gathering evidence.

Today, based on the totality of the facts gathered by Patrol and Detectives in this case to include statements by the victim, the Good Samaritan, and suspect, forensic, and photographic evidence, Cape Coral Police Department SCU officers made contact with Cornelison at home this afternoon and took him into custody without incident.

ARRESTED:  Curtis D. Cornelison, W/M, DOB: 11-21-1985 of 128 SE 42 Ter., Cape Coral, FL.

CHARGES:  Attempted Kidnapping