Have you seen this man? Police searching for man accused of trying to kidnap child near Memorial Park

Attempted kidnapping nar Memorial Park
Attempted kidnapping nar Memorial Park

HOUSTON – Police are asking for help identifying a man who is accused of attempting to kidnap a child last month.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Feb. 24 near the 400 block of Crestwood Drive, near Memorial Park.

According to police, the child was walking near a pond in the area when the man grabbed the child from behind. Police said the child fell and began screaming, which caused the man to flee.

Officers described the man as white, bald, about 6 feet tall or more with an average build.

On Monday, neighbors who live in the area expressed concern and vowed to be vigilant.

“Of course as a parent that’s always a concern especially knowing that we live in a city that has the most human trafficking in the nation,” Sam Baaklini said.

“It’s very alarming because the new park area is filled with parents and kids and everybody out here enjoying themselves,” Edie Adams said.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the suspect’s identification, charging, and/or arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477 or submit a tip online at Crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers app.

Only tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.

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Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli has been a digital news editor at KPRC 2 since 2018. She is a published poet and has background in creative writing and journalism. Daniela has covered events like Hurricane Harvey and the Astros World Series win. In her spare time, Daniela is an avid reader and loves to spend time with her two miniature dachshunds.