Missouri City boy escapes would-be abductors

March 26, 2010 3:35:55 PM PDT
Authorities in Fort Bend County are searching for two men they believe may have tried to abduct a 12-year-old boy earlier this week. It happened as the boy was walking in the Lake Olympia subdivision in Missouri City. The school bus had just dropped off the 12-year-old boy like any other school day. But on Tuesday afternoon police say a two men in a white car followed the boy on his walk home and tried to lure him away.

"There were two guys in the car, and the driver of the car rolled down the window and got his attention and told the boy that he lost his dog. He was looking for it and (had the boy) seen it," said Det. H. Sonny McClamrock with the Missouri City Police Department. "The boy responded no."

The boy ran the other way and was unhurt. His neighbor, Angelina Sarmiento, is obviously relieved.

"It's amazing how people are so cruel and so mean to the little ones," she said.

Investigators are now looking for two suspects, but the boy was only able to give a good description of the driver which has been developed into a composite sketch. He's described as a man in his early 20s, and of Middle Eastern descent.

Det. McClamrock explained, "(The boy) didn't think (the suspect) was Hispanic, and he didn't think that he was African American. He was very confident that (the man) looked Middle Eastern. However he had no accent."

Missouri City police have visibly beefed up patrols in the neighborhood, especially during hours when the school bus is dropping off kids. But parents in the neighborhood remain very concerned.

"That's scary," said parent Kelly Hill. "That's very scary."

Investigators say even though the 12-year-old was very confident in describing the suspect as being of Middle Eastern or Indian descent, they say they haven't ruled out the possibility that he may be Latino or dark skinned Caucasian or even African American. They say everything is still on the table. They are actively looking for this suspect and his accomplice, and they hope members of the public can help.

Anyone with information regarding the attempted abduction is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-8477.


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