Sketch released in kidnapping at library

HOUSTON - A sketch was released Thursday of a man suspected of kidnapping a 5-year-old girl from a northwest Harris County library.

Harris County Sheriff's investigators said the girl was taken from the Fairbanks Library, 7122 Gessner Road near West Little York Road, about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Detectives said the girl was at the library with her mom and teenage sister. She got separated from her family and then a man lured her into his vehicle, deputies said.

A man working on a car at a nearby tire shop found the girl about 15 minutes later. She was crying and walking alone in a field near another library at the intersection of Tanner Road and Gessner Road.

The library has surveillance cameras, but they were not working at the time, authorities said.

The man was described as Hispanic, 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 180 pounds with an average build and protruding stomach. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored jumpsuit or jogging suit and a black Chicago Bulls cap.

The man was driving a dark-colored, possibly brown, sedan, investigators said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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