WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Sheriff’s deputies say they’re investigating an attempted kidnapping of two 10-year-old girls Saturday night. It happened in the Brushy Creek neighborhood, west of Round Rock.
One of the girl’s mothers, Michelle Read, tells KXAN the girls were outside playing with a hose around 8:30 p.m. They ran down to the end of the cul-de-sac on Joachim Lane to dry off, when a silver sedan approached them. Read says two men were in the car and tried to lure the girls, telling them to come look at a dog in the car.
“I got a glimpse of the men in the car and the back and I knew there wasn’t a dog. I knew there wasn’t a dog, even if I didn’t look,” said Taylor, one of the girls involved in the incident. “And I ran, and I yelled at Abby to run.”
The two girls say as they ran, the car followed them. They say the men started yelling and cursing.
“The ‘mama bear’ instinct comes out at first. They came in and said what was happening, or just happened, and I’m like get in the car, let’s go get them,” said Read. But by the time they got outside, the car was gone. Read then reported the incident to law enforcement. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office says there were three girls involved.
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“We don’t want to go outside because we think when we do go outside, we think they’re going to come back and try to kidnap us again,” said Taylor. Abby, the other 10-year-old, says she’s also nervous to go outside.
The two girls say they’re even more thankful for each other after the incident.
“If me or Abby got kidnapped, I would — I would be depressed until she came back or until somebody found her,” said Taylor.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve put extra patrols in the Brushy Creek neighborhood. They’re also looking at reports of suspicious vehicles in several other neighborhoods, to see if any of the cases are related.
“Still a little jittery thinking about it,” said Read. “But I’m proud that the girls know what to do, I think they did the right thing. I think that teaching your child is the best thing, they’re going to remember some of it.”
Investigators describe the suspects as two men in their 20s. One suspect is a white male seen wearing a T-shirt and dark red jacket. The other suspect is a Hispanic male with a scruffy beard wearing a T-shirt and black jacket. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the Hispanic male was driving the car. The vehicle is described as silver with a scratch near the front right headlight.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 512-943-1300.