Girl: ‘I was thinking he was going to snatch me’

Izabel and Juan Lucero
Izabel and Juan Lucero

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of a Martin Middle School student on Monday.

Izabel Lucero was walking home from school when a man pulled over near Cesar Chavez and Robert T. Martinez Jr. streets. The man then got out of the car and tried to grab the girl. She was able to run away from the suspect, first going to Metz Elementary School and then home.

“Some guy, he was parked and he offered me a burrito and I said, ‘No.’ Then, I started walking faster,” Izabel said. “Then, he rolled down the window … he said, ‘Do you want some candy?’ And I said, ‘No.'”

Her father, Juan Lucero, knows he came close to never hearing his daughter’s laugh again.

“She was real quiet; she was real nervous,” he said. “She told me what happened, and I got on the phone as soon as she said that. I got on the phone and called 911.”

“I was thinking he was going to snatch me, and I was scared,” Izabel said.

Yet she managed to remember important details during those moments.

“He was Mexican, and he had spiky hair, and he had a scar going across from his eye to like the top of his forehead.”

She and her father are speaking out in hopes to help others.

“She was scared, but I know she’s brave; she did real good,” Lucero said.

“I don’t want this to happen to somebody else,” Izabel added.

The suspect is still on the loose. The man is said to be Hispanic between 25- and 30 years old. He is believed to be driving a gray, older-model vehicle.

Police also believe the suspect may have tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl off of her bike on May 3. In both cases, the victims were able to escape and run away. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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