Police search for suspect accused of touching child who was walking to school in northwest Austin

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and finding a man who is accused of exposing himself to a child on Wednesday morning.

The incident happened between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. near Live Oak Elementary School, the Austin Police Department said. The child was walking to school in the 12600 block of Turtle Rock Road when a man called them over.

The suspect then “forcibly took the child” to a nearby area and touched the child in a sexual manner, APD said.

The man took off after other students approached the same area.

Austin police said the suspect is described as between 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a thin build and wearing a black or blue jumpsuit with an attached hood and black bandana.

This is an indecency with a child by contact investigation, APD said.

In a letter to parents, Live Oak Principal Brian Braudrick said the incident was immediately reported to Round Rock ISD and local police departments.

“The safety and security of our students is our top priority and working together, we can provide safe environments for our students. Thank you for your support and assistance as we continue to work hard to keep all of our students safe,” Braudrick said.

Round Rock ISD also said after the incident, both Round Rock Police and APD were out patrolling the area as students walked to and from school.

Parents in the nearby neighborhood, however, said they didn’t know about the situation until KXAN alerted them Thursday afternoon.

“We walk all the time out here. This is concerning,” said a nearby resident. “I always thought of this area as being safe, but now I’m not so sure.”

Another nearby middle school parent said she plans to now walk her daughter to and from school.

Round Rock ISD and Austin police departments are increasing patrols around the campus neighborhood where students frequently walk.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the APD Child Abuse tip line at (512) 974-6880 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.

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