Another possible attempted kidnapping has been reported in the Del Valle area.
This latest case involves an 11-year-old girl. Residents are understandably on edge as police work to figure out if this case is related to two others in the area.
That makes three reported cases in the last two weeks.
Del Valle students have reported suspicious persons approaching them while walking to or from school. APD is on the lookout for the suspects.
From her porch, Brittany Wells says she saw a young girl in distress.
"She came running up this driveway and goes, 'Excuse me. Excuse me miss, can you help me? There's a weird guy following me.' I said, 'just go inside,'" says Brittany Wells, neighbor.
Wells closed the door and sat back on the porch to see if the suspicious person would pass by. Sure enough, he did. He walked all the way up to her.
"He said, 'The little girl that ran in your house stole my phone.' I said 'Okay, well I'm going to go call the police and we'll get them out here to get it sorted out,'" says Wells.
The man reportedly told her it wasn't a big deal and took off. This happened around 6:30 Tuesday evening.
"I got a very creepy vibe from him," says Wells.
Police responded to the 13400 block of Alysheba Drive where they say the 11-year-old girl briefly interacted with a Hispanic male believed to be in his 50's. The child reportedly felt uncomfortable with questions the man was asking her.
"Just trust your instincts when you see something that concerns you or something that you feel uncomfortable with. We ask that you listen to that instinct, don't ignore it. Seek out help, call the police, yell," says Detective Lee Knouse, Austin Police Department, Child Abuse Unit.
That is exactly what the young girl did by reaching out to a neighbor.
"She said that he was screaming at her and yelling at her to stop and she said she really didn't pay attention to what he was saying. She just kept going, running to try and get away from him," says Wells.
Wells doesn't believe the girl took anything from the man. She never saw a phone on her.
Just last week Del Valle ISD issued a letter to parents describing two other incidents that happened near their schools. They also involved a suspicious person talking to a child.
Now police are asking for your help.
"You know your community better than we can. We can't be everywhere all the time but the public can always be out there to reach out and let us know when something is out of miss," says Detective Knouse.
Police are describing the suspicious man in his 50s as heavy set with black hair, Hispanic with a Spanish accent.
He was last seen wearing a black tank with blue jeans and white Nike shoes.
Austin Police recommend you stay in a group or take a friend with you when you're walking.
The Austin Police Department is investigating the attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl in Del Valle.
According to police, an 11-year-old girl was approached by a Hispanic male suspect on Tuesday, April 19. The girl began to feel uneasy with the Hispanic male and went to a neighbor for help.
This happened in the 1300 - 1400 block of Alysheba Drive in Del Valle around 6 pm.
- 50 - 55 years old, 200 lbs
- Hispanic male spoke with accent
- Black tank top, blue jeans, white Nike shoes
Austin Police do not believe this incident is connected to the other attempted kidnappings at this time.
The Del Valle ISD School District released this message to parents on their website:
This message is to inform you of several incidents that have occurred in our District. On three separate occasions, students have reported suspicious persons approaching them while walking to or from school, specifically at DVHS and Dailey Middle School. In all cases the students were able to safely leave the area and get immediate assistance.
As always, the safety of your children is of paramount importance. We ask that you talk to your child this evening about the importance of telling you, and us, about any action they may experience or witness that threatens their security or that of their peers. It is always best to encourage your children to walk together in groups and report any activity that looks suspicious in your neighborhood to the police.
Please contact 911 if your child is approached and let the school know of the incident. Together, we can work to continue to keep our students safe.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your campus or the Austin Police Department/Travis County Sheriff’s Office.
Celina Bley, Ph.D.
Director of Communications and Community Relations
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.