Attempted abduction of a 12-year-old near Patti Welder

Credit: KAVU-TV Victoria, TX
Published on December 6, 2019 -

Attempted abduction of a 12-year-old near Patti Welder

The Victoria Police Department released a statement Thursday evening about an attempted abduction of a 12-year-old near Patti Welder Middle School.


Attempted abduction of a 12-year-old near Patti Welder

From the victoria police department about an attempted abduction near patti welder middle school.

Investigators following up on a few solid leads.

Here's newscenter 25s carolina astrain with the latest.

At 8:34 thursday morning a man in a grey car attempted to lure a 12-year-old girl before a concerned citizen stepped in.

Yvonne valdez has lived in a house across the street from patti welder middle - near where the incident occured - according to a press release by the victoria police department.

For the last 26 years yvonne valdez has lived in a house across the street from the middle school.

Valdez: "i was like, oh my goodness, i was in shock because it's almost like, you hear about it in the bigger cities but then when it's here in your hometown, it's, it's you know, scary."

In all the years she has lived at her house near the school, valdez says this is the first time she has heard of an attempted abduction.

"i guess security needs to be stepped up, around, and like in the malls and the parking lots, you know, especially after dark, you know.

But even so, i mean daytime, it's even dangerous too."

Valldez says she hopes neighbors keep a vigilant eye on children as they walk to and from school.

"if you are approached, just keep running or go to the nearest house or yell, you know."

And luckily, a concerned citizen was able to keep the 12-year-old from being abducted thursday morning.

"i'm so glad, i'm so glad that someone was able to see, and you know that's good, that tells me that someone was being observant, you know and that person happened to be at the right place at the right time."

Vpd detectives are pursuing leads, interviewing witnesses and working to identify the man in the grey vehicle who attempted the abduction.

In a statement issued thursday evening, vpd commends the observant citizen who called 911 for assistance.

For anyone that has been in a similar situation recently contact vpd at 361-485-3730.

In victoria, i'm carolina astrain, for your hometown news.

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