PASADENA, Texas – The man accused of trying to kidnap multiple girls in the Deer Park and Pasadena areas has been arrested and charged, according to the Pasadena Police Department.
Chase Brefczynski was arrested around 1:45 p.m. in Lufkin and charged with aggravated attempted kidnapping.
The 25-year-old is accused of trying to lure several juvenile girls into his vehicle by stopping them and asking them for directions.
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In one of these cases, Pasadena police said the man displayed a gun and threatened the girl to do what he wanted.
In another case in Deer Park, police said an 11-year-old girl was walking in the 2700 block of Hillshire to school at Bonnette Jr High when Brefczynski pulled alongside her and started speaking to her.
When the child refused to interact with the man, police said he drove off, but came back three minutes later and started yelling at the child.
The child and her mother Anna Vega were relieved to see that Brefczynski is off the streets.
“My initial response was just relief, I guess. You know I have been trying to keep up with the case and I knew that they had a potential suspect that they’ve been watching a little bit and so I was happy, really happy, to know that they at least have him in custody right now,” Vega said.
“There’s not like an exact word for it but I guess the closest word to it would be definitely relief because like especially hearing like he did the same thing to two other girls, like he could’ve done it to someone that was younger than me or older than me,” Vega’s daughter said.
Officers from the Pasadena Police Department’s Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force and the Angelina County Sherriff’s Office worked together to take Brefczynski into custody without incident.
“It’s a good feeling for us as a police agency. You know, our job is to protect the community. Any time we can do good police work this quickly to get someone off the street, it’s a great feeling for us and hopefully it’s a great feeling for the community knowing that they’re safer,” Lt. James Holt with Pasadena Police said.
Court documents reveal Brefczynski was on probation for a deadly conduct charge.
It’s unclear when he will appear in court.
Any other potential victims or witnesses should contact Detective S. Espinoza at 713-475-7266.