Ninth-grader's terrifying ordeal

November 14, 2008 8:38:41 PM PST
What a 14-year-old Houston girl did earlier this week kept her from becoming a kidnapping victim. It happened right as she walked off the bus. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Houston police have classified what happened to the 9th grader near Wagonwheel near Alabonson in northwest Houston as an assault threat, but she believes she was about to be kidnapped. What happened has prompted the Eisenhower 9th grade school principal to send home a letter to parents and Aldine ISD to step up district police patrols in this neighborhood.

"I got off the bus right here and I was walking," said Laporsha Prudhomme.

Laporsha's short walk home from the bus stop Tuesday quickly turned to a sprint.

"The first thing that went through my mind was, hurry up and get in the house," she said.

The 14-year-old was in a panic because just seconds after she had stepped off her Aldine ISD school bus and it had driven away, a man was calling to her

"He was like , 'Come here, come here," said Laporsha.

That, from inside his white pickup just across the street.

"I was panicking because I didn't know what to do," she said.

She ran inside, peered out the window and saw the man walking toward her door. He had a tire iron in his hand, so she quickly ran outside to get away.

"I stood right here and I jumped it like that and I took off running," Laporsha told us.

A couple streets away, Laporsha saw a neighbor. They called 911. Houston police responded, but the man was long gone.

Every day now, Laporsha thinks about what could have happened.

"I thought he was going to try to rape me," she said. "I thought I was going to die."

Her fear has affected what she does.

"She's scared to go outside anymore unless there's a lot of people," said said Gina Akiens, Laporsha's mother.

That's why she and her mother are speaking up

"I just want to tell everybody to be safe," said Akiens. "Keep on your kids to stay together."

So others don't find themselves in the same panic.

"I was concentrating on getting on up out of here, running and telling someone," said Laporsha

Laporsha describes the man as white, 30-40 years old, 5'11" and about 200 lbs. He was wearing a white T-shirt, uniform pants, possibly blue, and a blue baseball cap. He was driving a white pickup. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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