WATAUGA (CBSDFW.COM) – In the fight for her life, a little North Texas girl is recovering after a man attacked and tried to kidnap her as she walked home from school. The incident has Watauga investigators searching for the man responsible.
Police have a surveillance picture and are now searching for the man seen behind the wheel of a black, 4-door car. Officials believe this is the second time the man has tried to abduct a child and they’re worried what he’s going to do next.
A quiet town is now on edge after Watauga police say the suspect got out of his car, in the 6100 block of Nelson Terrace, and tried to kidnap Amber Hewitt.
The 11-year-old said, “He was facing this way and I was facing that way. He just like hooked his arm around my neck.”
Amber was walking home from school when she says she was attacked. “He kind of like pushed me into the car, the top of the car.”
The shove left Amber with a cut inside her lip and a cracked tooth, but that’s when taekwondo lessons kicked in. “I was kicking and screaming… trying to kick the door open,” she recalled.
Amber’s mom, Sylvia Chandlers, believes the action her daughter took saved her life. “She’s a brave one. He probably thought he got an easy picking. Nope!” But Chandlers also knows the attack could have ended differently. “If her face hit that car any harder, it would have knocked her out and she wouldn’t be standing here.”
Just last month, a similar incident happened about half mile away. Sergeant Jason Babcock, with the Watauga Police Department, detailed the actions of the suspect then and now. “He did not get out of the vehicle in that case,” he said. “But in this case, he appears to have stepped it up a little bit and made contact.”
The boldness of the suspect is what concerns police most – they just don’t know what the man will try next.
Amber’s brother, Michael Chandler, has a message for the attempted kidnapper. “Don’t mess with my family or else you’ll be in a body cast.” But his sister doesn’t think the man will be back anytime soon. “You didn’t get an easy pick, because I got away pretty easy and if he comes again that’s pretty stupid,” she said.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the vehicle seen in the surveillance photo is asked to contact Watauga police at (817) 514-5870.
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