PFLUGERVILLE, Texas -- Police arrested a man Thursday night following the attempted kidnapping of two young girls near Murchison Elementary School early Wednesday.
Justin Michael Johnson, 23, confessed to the kidnapping attempt in the Falcon Pointe neighborhood area, according to a press release from the Pflugerville Police Department. He's also confessed to two prior incidents involving children.
Johnson told police he shaved his beard and stopped driving his red truck due to all the media attention regarding the situation.
Johnson has been charged with two counts of attempted aggravated kidnapping. He is being held on $300,000 bond.
"I'm not sure exactly of a motive. But in speaking with the ranger, he did say these incidents were planned and he was having sexual fantasies," Lt. Laura Wilkes with Pflugerville police said.
Pflugerville police said a nine and 10-year-old were walking along the hike and bike trail on Quiet Water Pass when a man came up behind them. The girls told police the man put his hand on one girl's shoulder. When the girls began to scream, the man placed his hand over that girl's mouth.
The girl witnessing the event ran away. The other girl managed to break free from the suspect and run as well. The girls ran to Murchison Elementary School, where they attend, and told staff members what happened.
"All of the little girls involved in these incidents are the real heroes of this particular situation. It was because of, first of all, their being in a group that helped make them safe. It was the fact that they learned lessons to fight and get away, and they paid attention and they were able to give information to [the] Pflugerville Police Dept. that ended up apprehending these individuals." Pflugerville Mayor Jeff Coleman said.
Police said tips from the community and the assistance from the Texas Department of Pubic Safety Texas Rangers and the Pflugerville Police Department led to the arrest.