Sketch released of man sought in attempted abduction of 3 girls

By Andy Cerota - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - Houston police have released surveillance video and a composite sketch of a man wanted in an attempted abduction of three young girls earlier this month.

"It's very challenging, I will say that," Toni McBride said.

On Feb. 12, police say McBride's three girls -- ages 12, 8 and 7 -- were walking home from Foerster Elementary School in the 12300 block of Sandpiper. As they approached the intersection of West Airport, a man approached them in his vehicle and repeatedly attempted to get them to get into his vehicle by offering them a ride.

As the girls crossed West Airport, the driver continued to follow them, then pulled ahead and stopped along the curb near the sidewalk the girls were walking on. The man again told the girls to get into his vehicle, according to police, but the girls immediately ran to their apartment complex.

McBride says her girls haven't been the same since.

"My house is like an angry house right now. It takes a lot of talking to everyone, reassuring them everything is going to be OK," McBride said.

The driver is described only as a black male, 20 to 30 years of age, bald, with a skinny build and a mustache. He was last seen driving a 2003 to 2007 four-door, light blue or silver sedan, possibly a Nissan Sentra, with faded paint on the roof.

"When I first saw it, my heart kind of dropped all over again. It's like having the story re-told to your kids all over again," McBride said.

Police say two days before the latest involving McBride's three daughters, a 13-year-old girl claimed she was approached in a similar manner by a strange man who looked slightly different and was driving a different car. She reported two additional encounters to police which occurred in January.

"I think his plans are to take the girls, sexually assault them or abuse them in some other type of manner," said Houston Police Officer J.R. Johnston.

The sketch and the video could be the key to catching him before he does hurt someone.

"I'm not giving up hope. We may not catch him right away but one day he will slip up and we will catch him," McBride said.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division's Major Assaults Unit at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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