Police and the school district want parents and students on alert after two Arlington children got away from separate abduction attempts Friday.
An 11-year-old girl was walking to school near the intersection of South Green Oaks Boulevard and West Arkansas Lane on Friday morning when she thought she was being followed and texted someone, according to Arlington police spokeswoman VaNessa Harrison.
Immediately after, a man grabbed her from behind, but she was able to fight him off and run to a friend’s house. She got to school safely.
The suspect is described as 6 feet, 1 inch tall, thin, in his 50s with a mustache and maybe a goatee. Police have a person of interest in the incident.
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Friday afternoon, a 6-year-old boy was walking home from school in the 1600 block of West Randol Mill Road when a man with gray hair, glasses and freckles driving a white four-door vehicle with tinted windows lured him into his vehicle, Harrison said.
The man “started making inappropriate comments to the boy,” so the boy asked to be let go and the man dropped him off. The boy went straight home, and the police were notified.
Police do not believe the suspects are the same person, Harrison said.
Arlington police provided these safety tips for parents and children, especially for those walking to and from school:
- Parents should talk to their kids about using cellphones in emergencies, including using speed dial, calling 911 and taking a photo of the suspect and/or license plate.
- If the child doesn’t carry a cellphone, choose a few safe places for the child to go in an emergency.
- Teach children to take timelines seriously — text or call when they arrive.
- Teach children to be good witnesses — look for unusual traits or features to give police a good description.
- Always report incidents to school officials and parents.