Surveillance video of attempted abduction released

April 19, 2011 3:04:57 PM PDT
Parents in one Pearland neighborhood are probably keeping a closer watch on their children. It appears two men tried to abduct an 11-year-old girl Monday night, as she rode her bicycle.

We now have the surveillance video that may help police find the two men in the Lakes of Highland Glen subdivision off Pearland Parkway.

The attempted abduction has homeowners in the Pearland neighborhood still talking.

There's one piece of evidence that could help Pearland police crack this case. On Monday night, a homeowner's security camera caught two men in this white pickup truck following an 11-year-old girl who was riding her bike.

"It's pretty freaky. I mean it hits pretty close to home," neighbor Jocelyn Simpson said.

Simpson had the surveillance system installed a couple of years ago after a home invasion.

"The police told us the time frame, and we know that it's on a continuous rotation so we figured we had it," she said.

Police say the 11-year-old was biking to a friend's house when the driver waved her over. She ignored him, turned around and headed home. The truck wasn't far behind.

"She didn't scream or anything like that," neighbor Dai Nguyen said.

Nguyen drove up the very moment the truck pulled into the driveway of the girl's house. That may have scared them off.

"I'm in shock. It just goes to show that we can't let our guard down," Nguyen said. "We can never be too safe, and when something like this happens to a child, all the parents are on high alert."

Pearland police have the footage and hope to learn more about the truck by enhancing it. They're also checking construction sites in the area for vehicles matching the description. The police department also has posted stranger danger tips for parents on its Facebook page.

"If we don't get that information out, parents aren't going to know what to tell their kids, and they are not going to know how to respond if it does happen," Pearland Police Department Lt. Onesimo Lopez said.

If this incident has taught residents here anything, it's that it pays to stay connected.

"We have a very nice community program of homeowners associations; I think people really get involved with that and keep each other informed of what's happening," neighbor Bob Young said.

Anyone with any information on the truck or the men is asked to call the Pearland Police Department.

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