Montgomery Co. neighborhood reacts to 'stranger danger' incident

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by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News & KHOU.com staff

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Posted on January 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 26 at 12:17 AM

PORTER, Texas -- Montgomery County officials are investigating a stranger danger incident involving a sixth grader at a bus stop Friday morning.

The 11-year-old girl was waiting at her bus stop on Ford Road at the Trinity Forest mobile home park when the man drove up in a dark-colored SUV.

“I was standing up drawing and he stopped,” she said. “It freaked me out. I was scared.”

He was in the middle of the road when the girl said he dropped a picture.

“I picked it up and looked at it and I was like ‘oh no,” she said. “I put it in my binder to show the school."

The photo was pornography. He then dropped another picture and started asking her questions.

“I was like ‘maybe I should run that wa,y’ but then he was sitting right there.

The sixth grader refused to talk to the man.

He finally left.

“Scary?” Oh yeah, more than scary,” said the girl’s mom. “A thousand things go through your mind.”

Other parents in the neighborhood are telling their kids to walk in groups.

“I wanna make sure the kids in this neighborhood stay safe,” said parent Steven Dobyns. “You know we have over 100 mobile homes here and we try to look out for each other.”

The New Caney ISD sent a letter to parents asking them to continue to emphasize the following stranger danger safety tips at home:

  • Walk or bike to and from school in groups.
  • Never talk to strangers or accept rides from them.
  • Arrange for immediate access to neighbors and other trusted adults who could answer questions or be contacted in an emergency.
  • Tour the neighborhood with your child to identify safe and dangerous circumstances.
  • Never get into a car, enter a home, look for a lost pet, or accept candy or toys from an adult, unless your parents know what
  • If anything unusual occurs, tell an adult immediately. Parents and teachers need to know what happened right away.

Kids are getting the message.

"Walk in groups. Carry like a stick around for self defense or something. Watch out for other people,” said student Ashton Dobyns.

The suspect in Friday’s morning’s incident is believed to be in his 40’s and has brown hair, a mustache and a beard. He’s vehicle is described as a newer model, black full-sized SUV.

As police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department investigate this incident, they ask that anyone with information to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office at 936-760-5800 and choose option 3.

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