Police on Wednesday released a sketch based on a girl’s description of a man who tried to lure her into his pickup a week ago in far north Fort Worth.
It was one of three similar attempted abductions recently in the area.
The girl told police that about 4 p.m. May 21, a man sitting in the driver’s seat of a Ford pickup parked at a curb on Woodland Springs Drive near Netleaf Lane called out to her. He had the passenger door open when he called to her, “You need to come with me so I can take you to your mother, who is in the hospital.”
The girl said the man was Anglo with light brown hair, green or hazel eyes, light complexion and thin, muscular build, police said in a news release. He was about 30, she said.
He may have a mole or freckle on the left side of his face, and he had a tattoo that appeared to have small crosses inside circles.
The truck was described as a red single-cab Ford truck with no significant decals or markings, but it did have mud or dirt on the bottom portion, police said.
At a gathering of concerned parents in Silver Sage Park on Wednesday night, Sgt. Raymond Bush, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said the tattoo on the man’s shoulder was distinctive.
“We want everybody to see that sketch all across not just Fort Worth, but all of Texas,” Bush said.
A meeting organizer, Olivia Rodriguez, encouraged parents to come out of their houses and watch over children playing in front yards. Several parents exchanged contact information and ideas about staying in touch via social media and text message.
“I’m a nervous wreck,” said Guadalupe Dominguez. “We moved here to get away from where we used to live in El Paso because Mexico is so dangerous and to see that this is happening makes me so nervous.”
The first reported incident was on May 13 when a Caprock Elementary School student told police that a man tried to lure him into his vehicle by saying his mother was in the hospital.
The boy was approached by the stranger near Hollow Valley Drive and Timberland Boulevard. The man was Anglo and in his 20s, driving what was initially described as a black or blue four-door car but was subsequently changed to a dark blue or black Nissan Titan pickup.
The most recent incident was reported May 22 by a 12-year-old boy who was playing in a park near Shiver Road and Ray White Road. He told police that a man in a tan pickup, possibly a newer model Toyota Tundra, yelled at him to get in the truck.
The boy refused, ran away and called for help.
Keller and Fort Worth police have increased patrols around the areas where the incidents occurred.