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Police: Girl forced into van, fondled at Irving parking lot

A 13-year-old girl was forced into a sports utility vehicle Wednesday morning and fondled in an Irving parking lot by an unidentified man before she managed to escape, Irving police said.

The man drove away when the girl ran away, police said.

The attack happened about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of Estrada Parkway as the girl walked through an apartment complex parking lot.

The girl told police that a man in the SUV drove up alongside her, threatened her and then ordered her into his vehicle.

The girl told police she was fondled while in the SUV.

At some point, she managed to get out of the vehicle, police said.

Police described the man as Hispanic, medium in build with short black hair. He had a slight Spanish accent, but he spoke fluent English, police said. He was wearing a white T-shirt and black pants.

He was driving a white newer model SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Tahoe.

Anyone with information should call Irving police at 972-273-1010.

The attack was the second such attack on young girls in as many days in North Texas.

Mansfield police said a masked suspect in a white van tried to grab a 15-year-old girl as she was walking home Tuesday.

The girl told police she had just gotten off the school bus in the 1000 block of Remington Ranch Road about 3 p.m.

A white van stopped behind her and someone she believed to be a man wearing a black ski mask, a denim jacket, black pants and tennis shoes, jumped out of the van and tried to grab her, police said.

The girl ran to her house and told her parents, who contacted police, said Thad Penkala, police spokesman.

Police searched the area, but could not locate the suspect, authorities said. Police ask that anyone who knows anything about this suspect, or the vehicle, contact them at 817-473-0211.

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