Homeless man forces middle school students into shed, authorities say

Homeless man forces middle school students into shed, authorities say

Homeless man forces middle school students into shed, authorities say

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by Brix Fowler / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- When a homeless man forced two Bandera Middle School students into an abandoned shed, it was a Good Samaritan that came to the rescue, authorities said Thursday.

"The kids were scared. They just told me, 'He took us,'"  Vicki Browning said.

When Browning got a call on Thursday afternoon from Alice Kauwell about two kids in a shed, she thought it was just a couple of high schoolers messing around after school.

"There was two backpacks sitting there on the steps, and I shouted, 'I know you're inside the building come out of the building,'" said Browning.

What she found were two terrified teenagers with 35-year-old John Scott Hunter. According to police the homeless man forced the two kids into this abandoned shed behind the Lowe's grocery store in Bandera.

"One of the boys said that he put his arms around the shoulders of one of the kids and started guiding him over here, and the other boy didn't want to leave him," Browning explained.

After getting caught, Hunter acted like Browning was the one doing something wrong.

"He was saying, 'Hey you need to go away. You don't belong over here.' And I said, 'No, you don't belong over here,'" says Browning.

Hunter then look off, but was caught a short time later.

"It could have been my kid. And I'm glad I went ahead and checked it out," Browning said. 

Hunter was charged with public intoxication and burglary of a building. The owner of the shed told Browning he is planning on tearing it down. As for the kids, Browning says they are doing OK.

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