Mother attacked near school

June 11, 2008 4:25:29 PM PDT
A mother trying to deliver forgotten homework to her child was nearly abducted only a block away from the school.The attack occurred at 8:30am today as a woman was walking back to Park Place Elementary to take summer school homework to her child, school officials reported. A man grabbed the woman's hair and attempted to pull her into his truck near a dumpster about half a block from the school.

School officials said the parent was "crying and screaming" when another man rode by on a bicycle and the attacker released her. She then ran to the school.

HISD's automatic phone messaging system was used to spread the word to families in the community. Calls were placed in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Principal Kim Heckman, in a phone call at 10:08 a.m., told parents, "One of our parents was nearly abducted as she was walking to school by herself. The parent described her attempted abductor as a tall, dark-complexioned Hispanic man between the age of 30 and 35 driving a green single cab Chevy pickup truck. The parent was able to get away from her attacker safely."

Parents are warned to take precautions and tell their children to be very careful when walking to and from school.

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