Austin police ask for help identifying two kidnapping suspects

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Authorities are asking the public to help track down two suspects who allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl on her way to school and tried to coerce her into having sex before she was able to escape.

According to Austin Police, the kidnapping happened on May 23, at 8:09 a.m. near the corner of East William Cannon Drive and Elm Creek Drive.

They also said prior to the kidnapping, the two suspects allegedly approached a 17-year-old girl, also on her way to school, and asked her for sex.

The victim was able to describe the driver of the vehicle as a Hispanic man in his 30s with a medium build and medium complexion. She also said he had green eyes, a thin beard and spoke Spanish with a Mexican accent. The victim told police she was not able to get a good look at the second suspect since he was sitting in the back seat.

Austin Police Detective Valentin De Los Santos told KXAN both teens were walking to their school bus stop, which is at the corner of Bitter Creek Drive and Stonleigh Place. He said that’s about a half-mile walk from where the alleged kidnapping happened.

May 23 was the day before the students’ last day of school.

KXAN learned a letter was sent out that day to the parents of International School, which shares a campus with Eastside Memorial.

The vehicle the suspects were driving is described as a gray or brown GMC Sierra 1500 quad cab with chrome additions to the bottom of the door. The vehicle also is said to have tinted windows and large tires.

“As long as these suspects are at large, there’s always a danger of this happening again or to other students, so yes, there’s always a concern that this happens,” said De Los Santos.

Anyone with information regarding these suspects or their vehicle is encouraged to call APD’s Child Abuse Unit at 512-974-6880 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.

The Austin Independent School District sent KXAN a school bus stop safety reminder:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Walk with a friend if possible 
  • Use the “WheresTheBus” app to track your bus’ route to limit any unnecessary time at the bus stop 
  • Have an alternate location to go to in case of emergency 

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