Boy, 12, kidnapped and assaulted in Texas City

April 1, 2010 2:25:06 PM PDT
Residents of Texas City are concerned about a possible child predator in their midst. It's a man who abducted a 12-year-old boy just two days ago, as he walked home from Blocker Middle School. It happened not far from the school in the 1700 block of 14th Street. The seventh grader was walking home from school on 14th Street Tuesday afternoon when he told police a stranger stopped and honked the horn. From there, the encounter is being investigated as an abduction.

The suspect description is vague. He's said to be a man who may be Hispanic, with an average build and a moustache. The truck description is more precise -- an older model Ford single cabin pickup with one obvious detail. It's said to be "jacked up" in the rear.

The boy says he was driven to a more remote area. He tells police the man attempted to fondle him through his clothes. He resisted, was hit in the face and returned some time later to the place from where he was abducted.

Police are now looking for people who may not realize they were potential witnesses.

Capt. Brian Goetschius Texas City Police Department said, "You hope somebody saw something that clicks in their mind. They say, 'Hey, I saw the red pickup with the guy. I thought he was discipling his child.' Well, that means something to us. It gives us a time. It gives us a little bit more information."

At Blocker Intermediate students were given letters to take home to their parents about the incident. A lot of them already knew.

"There's several schools right in this location," said parent Tony Newman. "It's a bad thing."

The incident did not take place on school property but some distance away. That means parents and students all need to be mindful of security and safety.

"When she walks across the street I usually watch them walk across the street, because there's too much stuff going on these days," said one parent.

Investigators are trying to glean more details about the assailant from the boy.