Attempted abduction at San Antonio Target; Police see similarities to Austin jogger’s attempted abduction

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A composite sketch of the suspect, provided by Austin Police, and a surveillance picture of the suspect’s car, a dark-colored 4-door BMW with a sunroof, provided by San Antonio Police.

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — The San Antonio Police Department tells KXAN that it is considering the possibility that an attempted unlawful restraint incident that happened Thursday morning could be connected to a similar incident in Austin on Jan. 10.

In that incident, Austin police say a man tried to abduct a jogger around 5 a.m. near Mills Elementary School in southwest Austin. The victim told police the man tried to pull her into his car but that she was able to fight him away before he drove off.

On Thursday, the victim in the San Antonio attempted unlawful restraint case told police that she was walking into a Target when a man called at her claiming to know her.

“Hey Kim, come over here,” the suspect reportedly told the victim as he approached. The woman told police she responded that she was not named Kim, but the man insisted they had met before.

Then, the victim says she told him they’d never met before, saying “I don’t know you.”

The victim says she was trying to remember if and when she might have met the man and that as they were talking, they slowly began moving toward the man’s car.

“Let me get into your car,” he reportedly told the woman.

But when she refused, police say the man sat in his car — parked very near hers — and told her to sit inside so he could “Show you how we know each other.”

He then grabbed her hand and tried to pull her into the vehicle, she said. The woman says she ran into the Target, notified security and was given an escort out of the store once she got her items.

The victim later made a police report and learned after making a Facebook post about the incident that a friend had seen someone similar in a similar vehicle at the same Target earlier in the day.

SAPD describes the suspect as:

  • Middle Eastern male with a heavy accent
  • Between 40-50 years old
  • Medium build
  • About 5’07” tall
  • 150 pounds
  • Black hair

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark-colored four-door BMW with a sunroof.

The above descriptions also match the suspect and vehicle descriptions to the Austin case from last week. It’s not yet confirmed that they are for certain, however.

Another woman describes similar attack

One woman came forward telling the NBC station in San Antonio, WOAI, she was involved in an attempted abduction months ago, and believe it’s the same man.

A San Antonio teacher said the man in the sketch approached her in a Target store last summer, asking for her opinion on clothes for his nephew.

She said the man followed her around the store making her feel uneasy. An employee escorted her to her car but she regrets not reporting the incident to the police.

“I quickly walked to the self-check out and began scanning things and talking to the Target worker,” she told WOAI.

“As he saw me talking to the worker, he threw down what he had in his hands and walked to the area where the automatic doors were. He stood there looking back into the store and stared right at me in that one area between the pair of automatic doors,” she said.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call SAPD Special Victims Unit at (210) 207-2313.

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