A location in Katy normally known for families to relax and folks to stretch their legs for exercise became a place of refuge for a frightened high school student who was simply trying to make it home.
Katy ISD told Local 2 that the girl was walking home Monday from Raines High School. When she made it in front of the Harris County Park on Morton Ranch Road a man got out of his SUV and followed her, repeatedly asking her name and age, and if she wanted a ride home.
The girl rejected him several times and kept walking, but the man got in his SUV and followed her on the road. She jumped a wire fence, walked to the middle of the park and hid behind a fence to call her mother to pick her up.
The girl could still see the man watching her from a distance.
"It's common sense," said Valeria Cespedes. "We should know better from our parents and relatives that they should obviously apply that rule to us, not talking to strangers."
They also said a man who would continue to harass a young girl needs to be found and arrested.
"If he didn't stop then he's going to do it again. He's going to try again," said Maria Richardson.
The man is described as a medium to light-skinned Hispanic man who is about 25 years old. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 240 pounds and is clean shaven. He is described as being bald or having a buzz cut. He was wearing a blue shirt and black pants, and was driving a navy blue SUV with a broken rear passenger window covered in blue tape.