Police Investigate Kidnapping Attempt Near Elementary School

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 17:25
Location: 3100 Ruth
Offense: Kidnapping (attempted) (Texas Penal Code Section 20.03) 3rd degree felony
Case Number: 1603300143

A 13-year-old girl reported an attempted kidnapping on the 3100 block of Ruth Street to the Corpus Christi Police Wednesday afternoon.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a complaint of an attempted kidnapping at 5:09pm Wednesday afternoon. A 13-year-old girl told Officers in the presence of her 34-year-old mother that an unknown man grabbed her on the 3100 block of Ruth Street when the 13-year-old girl walked home from school.  The 13-year-old girl explained to Officers that she passed a house on Ruth Street and a man followed her until they were in front of Zavala Elementary School. The 13-year-old girl told Officers once in front of the school, the man grabbed her from behind and placed his hand over her mouth and another arm around her chest. The 13-year-old girl told Officers she pulled the man’s hand away from her mouth and screamed. The 13-year-old girl told Officers she hit the man several times until the man ran away. The 13-year-old girl told Officers she went to a nearby home to call for help. The 13-year-old girl reported minor injuries related to the event.

Corpus Christi Police Officers went to the school and were able to obtain video and isolate images of the man. The 13-year-old girl described the man as a 40-year-old male about 5 feet 10 inches tall with tattoos, a black shirt, dark shorts and dark shoes. The Officers obtained images that the man got into a dark four door sedan to leave the area. Detectives would now like your help to identify this man.

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If you can identify this man, or have any additional information about this attempted kidnapping, call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Bureau at 886-2840. Information may be provided to Detectives anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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