Student escapes would-be abductor

January 25, 2008 3:17:27 PM PST
The principal of HISD's Sharpstown Middle School made an urgent telephone call to parents warning that a predator attempted to abduct a student on her way to school today. Principal Jeff Amerson used HISD's automatic phone message system to call parents with a warning about the attempted abduction, which reportedly took place at 8:45am near the intersection of Mary Bates and Triola in southwest Houston.

An eighth-grade female student reported that she was walking to school and listening to her iPod when an Hispanic male, around 25 years old, 5'5" to 5'6" and about 160 pounds with a medium build approached her from behind and grabbed her. She was able to run away to safety.

The suspect was wearing light colored blue jeans, light blue shirt, dark blue hoodie and white tennis shoes. He was clean shaven.

HISD police have increased patrols in the area. Parents are reminded to instruct their children on safety measures. Officials also caution iPods can be a distraction for children and can make it harder for children to be alert for predators.

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