MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) - Four days after a man lured a little girl from Mesquite into his vehicle and then exposed himself, the 6-year-old was out playing again; by herself. “It does concern me,” admitted Rosemary Garza, the girl’s grandmother. “Some of the people are not letting their kids out at all. We don’t want them to be afraid to go outside. We want them to still play outside,” Garza explained.
Garza, who takes care of her granddaughter while her mother works, said the child has been warned about stranger danger, and yet the 6-year-old and her 8-year-old girlfriend still got into a stranger’s car. “This is a family community. All the families around here are nervous,” said Garza.
Mesquite police say the suspect was driving a black car, which was captured on surveillance video. The car pulled up to a playground in the Casa Claire apartment complex in the 1100 block of Hillcrest Street.
A group of kids were playing when the man called over the two little girls. Police say the suspect used the oldest trick in the book. The stranger used candy to lure the girls into his car. In this case, it was chewing gum and chips.
After the stranger exposed himself, the two girls ran from the car. Police say although there were other children around, there were not any adults in the immediate area. “Never leave your children unattended,” warned Mesquite police Lieutenant, Bill Hedgpeth. ”Even if you’re 20, 30 or 40 feet away, your attention can be diverted and something can happen,” the officer added.
Garza says at least one adult did get a good look at the stranger. However, the description is still very vague. The suspect is described as a clean-shaven, black male in his 30s.