Friday, July 18, 2014

Police investigate 2 attempted kidnappings at local Jewish center 

Police continue to investigate two similar attacks on girls at a Jewish Community Center in Southwest Miami-Dade.

According to Miami-Dade Police police, a 9-year-old girl came forward to report that two days prior to an attempted kidnapping at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community, on July 10, a man also tried to grab her and drag her into a bathroom. Miami-Dade Police are now investigating if the two attempted kidnappings inside the JCC are connected.

On July 10, Police arrested 39-year-old Dean Beck, a special needs member at the JCC for allegedly trying to grab a 6-year-old girl and force her into the men's bathroom. That same day, police said, a 9-year-old came forward saying a similar incident happened to her on July 8.

In the July 8 incident, the 9-year-old said, she was at a vending machine when a man grabbed her from behind in a bear hug and tried to pull her towards the bathrooms. She too was able to scream and run away, but police said, she was not able to get a description of the man.

While police investigate, the Center's director, Ed Rosen, assured all of the members' records will be reviewed. "Look more closely really at the people who we serve and take necessary steps but then stop something like this from happening," Rosen said.

Administrators will be reviewing these records because, after Beck's arrest, they learned he was a registered sex offender.

Police said neither of the young girls were harmed. It also remains unclear if these two incidents are connected. Beck has not been named a suspect in the July 8 incident.

Investigators are asking for the public's help in determining whether there have been any other incidents involving Beck. If you have any information, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.


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