UPDATE: Police report the alleged victim made a false report to police. They are no longer searching for a suspect.
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Pflugerville police say they are investigating an attempted abduction of a child after a man grabbed a 10-year-old girl walking home from Spring Hill Elementary School on Monday. Officials say it happened around 3:05 p.m., when the man grabbed her near the intersection of Olympic Drive and Broken Feather Trail. The girl was able to get loose and run away.
Police say they distributed flyers with the suspect’s sketch at more than 100 National Night Out gatherings Tuesday night.
The girl told police that the Hispanic man, between 30- and 40 years old, has a scar on his face. He is also 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. Police say he has a spider web tattoo on his left elbow and another tattoo on the underside of his right wrist.
Gracie Roberts is the mother of 10-year-old Anabelle. Not only is her daughter the same age as the girl grabbed by the stranger, but they both go to Spring Hill Elementary School.
“It could be my daughter,” she said. “Sometimes we walk outside. I wouldn’t want anything to happen to my daughter.”
According to police, it was right outside Roberts’ house where the man grabbed the girl, and some are afraid he may strike again.
“What you see with a child predator is they become more and more aggressive with each time they go after a victim,” said Jim McLean, the assistant police chief in Pflugerville. “That’s why it’s so important we locate this person.”
In a note to parents, Pflugerville Independent School District said there will be an increased staff and police presence in the area for the rest of the week, which was welcome news to Roberts.
“Whoever has little girls, be careful,” she said. “I’m very protective. Everybody should be very careful with kids. It’s the most important possession we have.”
The District said it used its “parent notification callout system” to alert parents at Spring Hill Elementary — and nearby Pflugerville Middle and Pflugerville High schools. Letters were also sent home to the parents at Spring Hill Elementary and Pflugerville Middle schools.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Pflugerville Police Department.
Editor’s Note: Police initially reported the attempted abduction involved a student Pflugerville Middle School. However, the victim’s age didn’t align to that of a middle-schooler. Police then corrected their first report saying the victim’s school is actually Spring Hill Elementary School.