HOUSTON – Police have released composite sketch of a suspect wanted in a kidnapping incident that occurred in northeast Houston last month.
According to the Houston Police Department, it happened at 8:15 a.m. in the 7600 block of Tidwell Road on Oct. 18.
The suspect is described only as a black male about 40 to 50 years of age, with a medium build, brown eyes, bald and no facial hair. He has distinctive loose skin under his chin, similar to a "double chin" and was wearing navy blue cargo shorts and a black polo T-shirt.
The 13-year-old victim was walking to school on Oct. 18, heading west when he crossed a bridge. Then a white van approached and stopped next to him.
The suspect driver asked the juvenile if he needed a ride to school. Believing it was a van that picked up children to go to school, the boy got into the front passenger seat of the van.
At some point, the suspect inappropriately touched the boy, and then offered him money to perform sexual acts.
When the boy resisted, the suspect tried to forcibly place the boy's hand in his lap. When the vehicle stopped at a red light, the boy managed to roll down the window, open the door from the outside and flee from the vehicle.
Children of all ages walk the same route near Forest Brook Middle School every day.
"Some of the kids are really small, I've seen. Little kids 5 to 6 years old walking to the bus stop by themselves," said Monique Jackson, who lives in the area.
"They really need to be catching a bus instead of walking around here, because it's rea, real bad around here," said Frank Manley, also an area resident.
Anyone with information in this case or on the identity of the wanted suspect is urged to contact the HPD Northeast Patrol Division at 713-635-0200 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.