Amarillo Police Search For An Attempted Kidnapper

Corporal Jerry Neufeld, Amarillo Police Department
Corporal Jerry Neufeld, Amarillo Police Department

Amarillo police asking parents to talk to their children about strangers, after an apparent kidnapping attempt this morning at the 800th block of Wichita.

Police say a 13-year old girl told them a man in a green pick up asked her to to come over to his truck and he grabbed her.

Amarillo police say the suspect is an hispanic male, in his 20's, black hair, light complexion and possibly heavy set. They have interviewed a male suspect, but was he was released to border patrol.

Corporal Jerry Neufeld with Amarillo police department say incidents like these give parents a chance to discuss safety with their kids. "It's an unfortunate thing, but it can be a learning experience for other parents and their child to be aware of these things that do happen", Neufeld said.

Police say parents need to establish rules for their children when walking to and from school.  They are encouraging children to walk in groups, avoiding alley ways, not taking short cuts and not talking to strangers.

Anyone with information on the attempted kidnapping are being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.