Birdville school district warns of abduction attempt

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Can you help? The Hurst girl described the man as Anglo or Hispanic, 40 to 50 years old, 5 feet 4 to 5 feet 6, 160 to 180 pounds, with a cleanshaven face and his hair shaved up the sides. He was wearing black clothing. The vehicle was described as a black SUV with a truck bed, possibly a Chevrolet Avalanche or a Cadillac Escalade. Anyone with information is asked to call North Richland Hills police at 817-427-7000 or Hurst police at 817-788-7146. School safety tips In a letter to parents, Birdville school officials outlined safety tips for students: • Never leave school with anyone before checking with school officials. • Report all suspicious behavior and “new adult or older friends” to parents. • Students and their parents should make a list of safe places to go along walking routes. • Have plans for emergencies and practice them at home with your parents. • Never tell anyone that you are going home alone. If you wear a house key, keep it under your clothing. • Never take shortcuts when walking and stay on main roads. • Never accept a ride without getting permission from your parents. • Walk in groups. Source: Birdville school district

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Birdville school district officials have warned parents of students at three schools that a 12-year-old girl reported that a man driving a black sport utility vehicle tried to kidnap her last week as she walked to her Hurst home after school.

North Richland Hills police reported a similar case on Halloween when an 8-year-old girl reported running away from a man driving a black SUV.

The warning letters went to parents of Smithfield Middle School and Porter and Walker Creek elementary schools. “These campuses were chosen because of the proximity of the incident,” a statement on the district website says.

The Hurst girl told police that she was walking home from a bus stop at Hurstview and Springhill drives on Thursday when a man driving a black SUV followed her. He did not get out of his vehicle.

On Friday, the girl said, she got off the bus and began walking home shortly after 4 p.m. The same man appeared to be waiting for her, but this time, he got out and chased her, police said.

“When the child got near her house, the male ran back to his vehicle,” Hurst Assistant Police Chief Steve Niekamp said in a news release.

The vehicle was described as a black SUV with a truck bed, possibly a Chevrolet Avalanche or Cadillac Escalade.

“The description varies, but the key will be the black SUV,” Hurst police Sgt. Craig Teague said.

On Oct. 31, an 8-year-old girl told North Richland Hills police that she got off her bus about 3:45 p.m. in the 9200 block of Meandering Drive and began to walk home.

A man in a black SUV drove up beside her, stopped and opened the passenger door.

“He began to reach his arm out,” North Richland Hills investigator Keith Bauman said in a news release. “The female took his actions as threatening and ran home.”

Staff writer Elizabeth Campbell contributed to this report.

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