NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — The New Braunfels Police Department has issued a public safety advisory after two reports of aggravated kidnapping attempts over the weekend.
According to NBPD, in both attempts a man flagged vehicles down and displayed a firearm after entering the vehicle. The suspect then instructed the drivers to continue driving.
Police say the first incident happened on Saturday afternoon in front of the McKenna Event Center. In that case, a 35-year-old man was in his car when the suspect got into his vehicle, displayed a firearm and told the victim to drive. They traveled a short distance to the I-35 frontage road and the suspect got out of the vehicle and ran away. In this case, the victim described the suspect as a white/Hispanic man, approximately 5’8″ to 5’10” tall, approximately 40-50 years of age, and gray hair.
The second case happened on Sunday around 4 p.m. in the 200 block of South Kowald Lane. The 21-year-old female victim said a man flagged her down, got into her car and told her to drive to Houston. While en route, the victim was able to stop the vehicle and get away by stabbing the suspect in the leg with a knife she had inside her car. She was able to run to a nearby bar in the 4000 block of FM 758 in Guadalupe County to call for help. The suspect in this case case is described as a white man, possibly in his 30s and approximately 6″ tall.
The owner of Barbarossa Trough said the woman came in frantic and asking to use the phone.
“She was very, very, upset and scared,” said owner Alvin Seiler. ” The helicopters came and they had dogs and everything else out here looking for him.”
An NBPD spokesperson said the woman drove around on county roads in an isolated part of town for a period of time while trying to figure out a way to escape the situation.
Both victims indicated their suspect had a black bandana on his head and some type of red jacket or hoodie.
Investigators warn the public to avoid stopping their cars for anyone they do not know, especially anyone matching this description. They also advise the public to be aware of their parking sports and to park near well-lit areas.
Anyone with information regarding these events is asked to contact the New Braunfels Police Department or Comal County Crime Stoppers. Comal County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment. To contact Crime Stoppers call 830-620-TIPS, or you can leave a tip online here, or text “Comal” plus a message to CRIMES (274637). To contact the New Braunfels Police Department you can call 830-221-4100.