Suspected predator offers kids $20, ride to church


by Karen Grace / KENS 5

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 6:39 PM

Guadalupe County deputies and officials with the Navarro Independent School District are on high alert for a suspected child predator.

Sgt. Scott Humphrey said the 68-year-old suspect is targeting children in the Elm Grove area just outside of Seguin.

Last Thursday, the man allegedly grabbed a girl's hand and stroked her arm in an attempt to lure her into his truck.

A day later, the same man approached four students at a bus stop, including a 10-year-old, and tried to lure them into his truck with a message about God and church.

"The elderly male was telling the children that 'everyone needs to know about Jesus. Everyone needs to know that they have a right to go to heaven. I'll give you 20 dollars if you get in the car with me and I'll take you to church right now,'" Humphrey said.

But the students were sharp enough to remember his license plate and other details that pointed to a person of interest.

Adults in the area are praising their perceptiveness.

"The kids were able figure out who and take a license plate, so that's good for the kids," one neighborhood resident said.

Other residents, like Brady Gillelland, said they'll be on high alert until the suspect is caught.

"And here I thought this was the perfect area for family," Gillelland said. "I hope they get him. That's one thing that drives me crazy. It's sickening."