‘Fear,’ is how one Arlington resident described finding out a young girl escaped an abduction
A young girl broke away from an unknown man who grabbed her Tuesday afternoon as she walked home after school, police said.
The 9-year-old girl ran home after the attempted kidnapping in the 5200 block of Glen Meadow Drive, police said.
Police are canvassing the neighborhood for leads on the suspect.
Officers responded to the call about 3:40 p.m. Tuesday.
The girl, a student at RF Patterson Elementary in Kennedale, told police she had just been dropped off at a bus stop in the neighborhood and started walking home.
As she was walking, an unknown man came up behind her and made some comments to her. He was behind her when he grabbed her, but she managed to break free, police said.
"My daughter walks home with her everyday, but on Tuesday she didn't walk around the corner with her," said Jennifer Garcia, 40, a parent in the neighborhood.
News of the incident came as a shock to residents in the quiet neighborhood. They learned about it through a closed neighborhood group on Facebook, according to Garcia.
She said the corner of Walsh Drive and Glen Meadow Drive near where it happened is where the school buses drop off students from Kennedale's elementary, intermediate and high schools each afternoon.
"This is the main stop. About four buses drop kids off here. Some are saying they saw a tan car in the area yesterday," Garcia said. "Nobody's usually outside since it's so safe here. Nothing ever happens. To have some random person driving around — it's crazy."
Fear was the word that came to mind as resident Florence Catalo, 53, talked about the attempted kidnapping. She said she knows the family and the young girl well.
"You have fear for that little girl who's walking and someone's stalking her, just keeping his eye on her," Catalo said. "And she's smart enough to know to go home and tell her parents so they contact police. She's a very smart girl."
Police described the suspect as a Hispanic man, about 30 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 and weighing about 160 to 170 pounds. He was wearing dark clothes.
Kennedale school officials and Kennedale police are assisting in the investigation.
Anyone with information should call Arlington Detective Grant Gildon at 817-459-5691. Residents can also call Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477.