WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — An 8-year-old girl was almost abducted Tuesday evening near the Avery Ranch neighborhood in Williamson County.
Sheriff Robert Chody says the girl was near the community mailboxes at O’Connor Drive and Pocono Drive in the Villages of Brushy Creek area when a man parked nearby approached her.
The sheriff says the man grabbed the girl’s arm and told her to get into the car. She was able to resist and pull away.
The girl’s father says seconds earlier, she was going to check the mail and had just put the key in the box when she noticed the suspicious man, pulled the key out and started to walk away.
Surveillance video released by the sheriff on Twitter shows the girl walking toward the street before running back seconds later.
On Wednesday, the Round Rock Independent School District sent an email to parents of kids at four nearby elementary schools, including Brushy Creek, which is down the road from the incident, asking them to talk to their children about being alert.
Stacy Wheatley, who lives across the street from the family, told KXAN, “How bold, or idiotic, are you to try to take a child?”
Neighbors are now poring over surveillance video to see if they caught anything on camera.
“You don’t think that it’s going to happen a few feet from your own front door,” Wheatley said. “At first you’re in denial and then you’re in shock and then it’s disgust.”
“It’s scary because I have kids,” said a Ms. Jackson, who also lives in the area. “Can’t trust anybody these days, really can’t.”
Jackson makes sure her kids partner up when they go to check the mail or do anything else for that matter. “Because it can happen anywhere, somebody could take my kid anywhere, at H-E-B, at Walmart, good neighborhoods, bad neighborhoods.”
Even with a buddy, Jackson makes sure her kids understand they need to be alert. “You know, don’t have both earphones in, have one out where you can hear when you walk. So I mean the only concern I have is, you know, making sure we catch the person.”
The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot, muscular build, wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. He was also described as having a black stud type earring in his left ear and a tattoo on his right bicep. Chody said the suspect had a short buzzed haircut with a lightning bolt shaved into the ride side of his head.
The vehicle was a black Honda CRV with no license plate. The sheriff says the vehicle has a 3-5 inch dent on the front passenger corner and a black and orange basketball sticker in the right lower corner of the back window. There was also “fuzzy round decor” hanging from the rearview mirror, Chody said in a tweet.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 512-943-1300 or 911.
Villages of Brushy Creek Residents on Stranger Danger