BURLESON (CBSDDW.COM) – Parents in Burleson received a startling wake-up call this morning from their school district: be on the look out for a possible child predator.
“We all got a phone call about 6 a.m.,” said Patricia Steward, a mother with three school age children. “And it stated that, it was from BISD, that the Burleson Police department made them aware of a possible near abduction.”
It happened in the neighborhood across the street from Bransom Elementary School. A mom in her car was following her daughter as she walked home from elementary school. She says a man in a gray or silver two door hatchback pulled up next to the girl. The girl said a bald, white male in his 30’s or 40’s asked her if she lost a puppy. The girl replied no. By that time the mom was walking toward them. The man drove away when he saw her.
There are posters in the area for a lost dog. Police aren’t sure if the man had a question about the actual dog or if he was using it as a ruse to lure the girl into his car. Police bolstered patrol around the school and in the neighborhoods nearby.
“This is a horrendous type of crime and we don’t take it lightly,” said Officer Jae Berg of the Burleson Police Department. “These are innocent people. They’re children. They’re defenseless. And we take a lot of pride in going after any individual who might prey on people like this.”
Parents say they’re alarmed by the report and they’re talking to their children about safety.
“Very wary and very much alert,” Steward said. “I immediately replayed the message on my speaker phone so my daughters could hear it and be aware of it.”
Police remind parents to talk to their children about stranger dangers and about not walking home alone from school.
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