Teenage artist helps police sketch drawing of attempted kidnapper

Teenage artist helps police sketch drawing of attempted kidnapper

Credit: 11 News

Police are searching for a suspect who they said attempted to abduct a teenage girl in Atascocita.

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by By Allison Triarsi / 11 News

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 20 at 3:15 PM

ATASCOCITA, Texas-- It's not the first time a man has attempted to abduct a young girl. But this time, the intended victim may have a hand in capturing the criminal. The talented teen artist helped police with the sketch.

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Police said a 15-year-old girl was jogging in her neighborhood in the 18300 block of Yellowstone Trail in Atascocita last month when a man began to follow her.

"I mean he was just very persistent.He even turned around, whipped around in a driveway and followed her some more," said one neighbor.

The suspect used one of the oldest lines in the book.He pulled alongside the girl in a beat up pickup truck and asked the girl if she would help him find his lost dog. After the girl refused, police say the suspect tried to order the girl into the truck.

"This is an adult suspect approaching a 15-year-old woman and he was offering her candy to get in the vehicle. Luckily she did look around and got a good description of him and ran toward some residents that were outside their home," said Harris County Precinct 4 Lieutenant David Escobar.

The suspect's appearance was less than appealing, and neighbors also got a good look.

"He seemed like a construction worker who had been out in the sun, all sweaty and everything.His car had a bang up on the driver's side where it looked like you couldn't open the driver's side handle," said the neighbor.

It may not be the first time this man has driven his truck through the neighborhood.Neighbors said a man fitting this description had been seen before, trying to lure young girls.

The young girl eventually made it home with a clear picture in her mind of what the suspect looked like.

The teen is a talented artist and helped police draw a sketch of the suspect.

She said she especially remembered his rotten teeth.

Constables patrolled the area and handed out the sketch.They said you can't miss the decaying teeth.

They believe he is responsible for another possible abduction attempt.

Anyone that recognizes the man or has any information is urged to call investigators at 281-376-3472.

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