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September 11th, 2014
San Marcos police investigate attempted kidnapping at Walmart

PHOTOS: Images taken from video surveillance cameras show a “person of interest” in the San Marcos Police Department’s investigation of an attempted kidnapping at Wal-Mart on Sunday, Sept. 7. In the color image, the man is entering the store; in the black and white photo, he is leaving.


This just in from the city of San Marcos’ spokesperson:

San Marcos police are investigating an attempted kidnapping that occurred Sunday evening at a local store and are asking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect.

On Sept. 7, the father of two young girls, aged 10 and 11, reported to police that at about 9 p.m. a man approached his 11-year-old daughter as they shopped at the Walmart store located at 1015 Texas 80.

According to the father, the man told the girl that he had free toys for her, and she began following him toward an exit. The 10-year-old followed them and shouted to her father that she and her sister were going to get free toys.

The father went to see what was happening. The individual saw the father approach and left quickly. 

The victim and her father described the individual as a Hispanic male, wearing a white shirt, black shorts and a gold necklace. He was also wearing long socks.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the man pictured to call the San Marcos Police Department at 512-753-2300. The after-office hours number is 512-753-2108.

Tips can be made through the police department’s Citizen Observer program or through Hays County Crime Stoppers.

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2 thoughts on “San Marcos police investigate attempted kidnapping at Walmart

  1. Seems SMPD and the City of San Marcos could do a little better on the description here. Describing what he’s wearing is helpful, but he can change his clothes.

    Just looking at the video, someone at PD HQ can likely ascertain the suspect’s height, weight and age. Those are things he can’t change.

    This is probably the case of a very bad guy attempting to do a very bad thing. You’d think a little more effort would be in order.

  2. They would need the help of Travis county if they really cared to zoom in on the picture and do more investigating. Hays county doesn’t have the equipment or know how. They don’t like to ask for help though. They will just close it. Go around the bars, ask questions! Put up flyers.

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