HARRIS COUNTY—Harris County Sheriff’s investigators were seeking clues in the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from a county library Tuesday night. The child was later found wandering through an open field.
The incident occurred at the Fairbanks Library on Gessner Road in northwest Harris County.
According to investigators, the child was at the library with her mom and teenage sister. At some point, she got separated from her family and that’s when a man lured her into his vehicle, deputies said.
The girl was spotted 15 minutes later crying and walking alone in a field near the intersection of Gessner and Tanner Road.
The man who found her was working on a car at a nearby tire shop and couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
“She was crying and saying she needed help,” said Edward Olvera. “She said the man asked her if she wanted some candy and she said, 'Yes.'”
According to Olvera, the girl said the man sped away with her in the car.
“I feel bad. Why would a guy kidnap a little girl?” Olvera asked.
The girl was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital to be evaluated.
Authorities said the library had surveillance cameras, but they weren’t working at the time.
Harris County detectives released a description of the suspect on Wednesday. He is described as Hispanic, 30 to 35 years old and around 5’6 inches tall. He was wearing a dark jogging suit and a black Chicago Bulls cap.
The suspect was driving a dark vehicle, which might have been brown.