LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – There is a warning Wednesday for parents in Lewisville. A young girl explained that she was chased by a stranger on her way to her bus stop, and police are still looking for the suspect in this attempted kidnapping.
The incident happened at around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 2100 block of Uecker Lane, located near the intersection of Corporate Drive and Highway 121 Business. The student was walking to a bus stop in front of her apartment complex when, she said, a man tried to grab her.
The 9-year-old child told authorities that the suspect was hiding in some bushes, and jumped out as she approached.
The Southridge Elementary School student ran and was able to get away, bruising herself as she jumped over a retaining wall. But the man continued to chase her, so she started banging on doors and screaming.
The girl’s mom usually drives the student to school, but she was running late and sent her out the door alone on Tuesday. She is very proud of the way that her daughter acted in the face of danger. “We continue to tell her,” the mom said Tuesday, “what she did today by screaming and knocking on doors was 100 percent the best thing that she could have done in that situation.”
However, the suspect is still on the loose. Anyone who might have seen something suspicious is urged to contact the Lewisville Police Department immediately. Meanwhile, officers have stepped up patrols in the area, including some officers in unmarked vehicles.
“She’s real shaken up,” the girl’s mother said. “Whatever happened was very real to her.”
“People just need to be careful, need to keep an eye out,” added parent Brent Rodgers on Wednesday morning. “My daughter asks to walk to school all the time, and I tell her no just because of things like this.”