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DUNCANVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – A 15-year-old girl told police in Duncanville that a man tried to get her inside of his vehicle Monday shortly after 6:00 p.m. in the 300 block of Park Lane.
The victim described the suspect as a heavy-set Hispanic man with a mustache, approximately 40 years old, measuring about 5 feet 6 inches and weighing 190 pounds.
According to the victim’s report, a dark-colored four-door sedan pulled up next to her as she walked home from school.
The suspect rolled down his window and told the victim to get in the car, but she refused.
The girl said that the suspect got out and grabbed her by the arm. She said that she screamed and defended herself by kicking and hitting the suspect, until she broke free and ran to call the police.
The suspect took off, southbound on Park Lane toward Center Street, but was not located by officers.
The Duncanville Independent School District is not sending home a warning to parents because this is a police matter that did not happen on one of their campuses.
Families on Tuesday morning took extra precautions to make sure that their kids got to school safely. “This is crazy. This is so crazy,” said Glynna Ponder, grandmother to an 11-year-old girl. “I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know nothing about it until my sister called me last night. She normally walks home and, when she told me about this, I said no, you can’t walk.”
“We live in a quiet neighborhood, and right by the park and schools,” added parent Mike Smith. “Kids are always walking around here. This is the first time I’ve heard of something like that here.”
The Duncanville Police Department is asking anyone with information to call 972-707-3836. Duncanville residents with video cameras at home may have also captured the incident or the suspect’s vehicle, and are urged to contact the authorities.