Williamson County neighborhood on high alert after attempted kidnapping

A Wilco neighborhood is on edge after the attempted abduction of an 8-year-old girl on Tuesday night. (Photo: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)

A Williamson County neighborhood is on alert tonight, and the sheriff is asking for any information after an alleged abduction attempt Tuesday night.

The girl told investigators the suspect is a black man who had black stud earring, a tattoo on the right bicep and short hair with a lightning bolt shaved into the right side of his head.

CBS Austin spoke with the girl's father. He did not want to be identified, but says the family is terrified, especially with the suspect still on the run.

He is hopeful, however, that the man will be caught, because of all of the surveillance cameras in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, Sheriff Robert Chody released surveillance video, and asked for information about the attempted kidnapping at the corner of O’Connor and Pocono near the Avery Ranch subdivision, just down the street from brushy creek elementary school.

“I don’t feel safe letting her outside without me to check the mail,” said mom Brandi Park as she waited for her kids to get out of school. “ I have a second grader and a kindergartner here at Brushy Creek.”

Park found the news unsettling. “I heard about it this morning and I was like, I told my wife I was like did you hear that was like a street away from where we just moved. This is way too close to home,” she said.

The Williamson County Sheriff says the 8-year-old girl went to get the mail Tuesday night, when a man grabbed her arm and told her to get in the car.

In the home surveillance video, you can see her running away.

Park has a seven-year-old and a five-year-old, and she says she’ll keep an even closer eye out. “It’s very stressful. I don’t think a parent should have anxiety sending their child to school every day.”

The suspect’s car is described as a black Honda CRV with a dent on the front passenger corner and an orange basketball sticker on the back window.

If you have any information, call the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

The following letter was sent to parents of students at Brushy Creek, Great Oaks, Patsy Sommer, and Elsa England schools today regarding the attempted abduction:

Dear Brushy Creek Elementary Parents and Guardians:
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has informed us of an attempted child abduction that occured in our community Tuesday evening. The incident occured in the area of O’Conner Drive and Pocono Drive around 7 p.m. Fortunately, the child was able to get away from the suspect.
We want to take this opportunity to encourage you to talk with your students about the importance of being focused on their surroundings and personal safety and taking the necessary precautions to stay safe:
Always walk or bike with other students.
Be alert to what is happening and who is around you.
Never talk to a stranger or go near a stranger’s car.
Never accept rides from a stranger.
If a stranger approaches you, scream and run. Find an adult you know and report what happened immediately.
The safety and security of our students is our absolute top priority. Working together, we can provide safe environments for our students. Please don’t hesitate to call me at (512) 428-3000 or Round Rock ISD’s Director of Safety and Security Mario De La Rosa at (512) 428-7596 if you have any suggestions or concerns. Thank you for your support and assistance.
Valerie Tidwell

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