Keller police, schools warn of attempted abductions

05/22/2014 10:40 AM

05/22/2014 5:09 PM

School officials plan to blanket the Keller school district with warnings and police will increase patrols around campuses after a man tried to abduct students near two elementary schools.

The latest attempt was Wednesday afternoon near Woodland Springs Elementary, when a man tried to lure a female student into his truck as she walked home. Last week, a man tried to abduct a male student near Caprock Elementary School. The schools are in Fort Worth, but they are in the Keller school district.

The district will send letters, leave voice mail or dispatch emails to parents of students at the 39 campuses in the district, Keller school district spokesman Bryce Nieman said Thursday.

“Last week, notices were sent to Caprock and nearby schools,” Nieman said. “This time, a decision was made to include all the campuses from elementary to high schools.”

Keller police also announced the increased patrols.

Fort Worth police gave this account of Wednesday’s incident:

A female student told police that at about 4 p.m. she was confronted by a man who was sitting in a Ford pickup parked along a curb on Woodland Springs Drive near Netleaf Lane.

The man was in the driver’s seat and had the passenger door open when he told the girl, “You need to come with me so I can take you to your mother; who is in the hospital.” It was the same kind of language used by the man who tried to lure a child into his vehicle last week near Caprock Elementary School.

The girl ran away and contacted authorities.

The truck was described as a red single-cab Ford truck with no significant decals or markings. The man was possibly in his 30s with short brown hair, medium build and a tattoo around his right bicep that appeared to have small crosses inside circles that wrapped around the bicep.

According to a letter to parents last week, a parent reported that her son, a Caprock student, was approached by a stranger on May 13 as the child walked near Hollow Valley Drive and Timberland Boulevard.

“The man slowed down and told the child that his mom was sick and that he should get in the car with him,” the letter states. “The child ran from the car and the car did not follow him.”

The man in that case was described as a white male 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.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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