HOUSTON, Texas — A sixteen-year-old female Katy Independent School District (ISD) student is safe after being kidnapped Monday morning while waiting for school bus. The young girl’s ordeal ended after about two hours when she managed to escape using some quick thinking and a kick to the face of her captor. Residents of the west Houston suburban community were shocked at hearing about the incident.
Officials with the Katy ISD police department said a black man who appeared to be in his late 40’s kidnapped the girl while she was waiting for her bus, according to a Click2Houston report by Keith Garvin. Neighbors and other area residents expressed disbelief, shock and utter surprise, Garvin reported.
ABC13 in Houston reported the girl said a suspicious man grabbed her upper arm and said, “Come with me or I will hurt you.”
The man, who was driving a white Honda, held the young girl for about an hour. He asked her about her identity and where she lived. He also asked her about her age. The girl said she cried the entire time and did not answer his questions. After being interrogated by the man for about another hour, the girl kicked the man in the face when he looked the other direction. She then escaped and ran through two apartment complexes until she found safety.
One neighbor described the area as “a pretty sedate” neighborhood. “We have our little bit of (vandalism) stuff, kid stuff,” neighbor Trudy Johnson told Click2Houston. “But nothing like this. This is amazing.”
The incident began about 6:50 on Monday morning as the girl was waiting for a Katy ISD school bus.
Upon hearing about how the girl escaped, another neighbor, Myra Chavez, said, “That’s really impressive. I know a lot of kids would be very scared, but for her to do that, that’s really brave.”
The suspect remains at large as of publishing time. Police are searching for a bald-headed black male. He is described as being between 45 and 50 according to the girl. He allegedly has a mustache and goatee. He was driving an older model white Honda. Police estimate it to be a 2000 or 2001 model.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Houston Police Department who is investigating the kidnapping.