FORT WORTH — A piece of mail that fell from the truck of a man who police say attempted to kidnap a 14-year-old girl last week helped lead to his arrest Thursday morning, police officials said.
Ricardo Pardo Ferrera, 29, was arrested about 8 a.m. at his home in the 4000 block of Colorado Springs Drive in southwest Fort Worth on a warrant for criminal attempt kidnapping.
He is accused of attempting to abduct a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from school Friday.
Major case Sgt. J.D. Moore said Ferrera did not know the victim in the case.
"Predators like this are the scary ones," Moore said. "They're the ones that are seldom identified and generally the most dangerous."
The attempted abduction occurred about 5:24 p.m. Friday as the girl walked in the 3300 block of East Rosedale Street. Moore said that without a word, the driver of a white pickup attempted to pull the teen into his truck.
"She's fighting him off," Moore said. "She does get pulled into the truck but manages to escape."
During the struggle, a piece of Ferrera's mail fell from the truck, enabling officers to track the suspect down hours later at his Fort Worth home, Moore said.
Ferrera was then arrested on an unrelated warrant and his truck impounded. He was interviewed by investigators but denied any involvement in the attempted kidnapping, Moore said.
Police had obtained a warrant for Ferrera this week after the victim picked him out of a photo lineup as her attacker. Moore said investigators also found black hair, similar to the victim's, inside Ferrera's truck. Forensics tests on those hairs are still pending, Moore said.
Moore said the department's sex crimes unit is conducting a review to determine if Ferrera could be a suspect in any other cases.
"We're concerned that there could be other victims," Moore said.
What the suspect intended to do with the victim is unknown.
"There is no way of knowing what horrors the 14-year-old victim would have suffered at his hands had she not fought him off so bravely," Moore said. "These are the little victories we live for."
Anyone who recognizes and believes Ferrera could be involved in other offenses is asked to call the major case unit at 817-392-4430.