Teen's quick action plays major role in her safety

The 16-year-old La Porte teen was shook up after she says a man tried to get her in his car

LA PORTE, Texas - A La Porte teenager is shook up after police said a man tried to get her in his car on Friday at around 1p.m.

The teen's mother said the stranger was standing in front of his black truck that was parked near the 100 block of South 1st Street and West A Street in La Porte.

"She said, 'No,' and he said, 'No come to my house,' and she said no again. She started walking and immediately got on her cell phone and called me," said Mindy, the victim's mother.

Minday says the man then got in his truck and followed her 16-year-old daughter. She said it's a good thing her daughter didn't walk home.

"She came to my work instead of going home so that the person wouldn't follow her to her house," said Mindy.

When Mindy heard what happened to her daughter she called 911. Police showed up and searched for the man but couldn't find him.

Mindy is now counting her blessings, fortunate that her daughter is  OK. She hopes parents will talk to their kids about what to do if approached by a stranger before it's too late.

"Know the area. Know where you can go. Know the safe places, anywhere where there's a lot of people, convenient stores, boutiques, restaurants," she said.

Since this incident on Friday afternoon, La Porte police said there have been no other reports. They are urging the public if they see something suspicious to say something and report it to police.

The teen has a very vague description of the man, he's Hispanic with bushy eyebrows and a short haircut, in his late 30s and was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and blue jeans. She said he was driving a black truck.

If you think you've seen the suspect in this story call Crime Stoppers at (713)-222-TIPS.

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