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September 23rd, 2014
Police obtain arrest warrant in Walmart attempted kidnapping

A man identified by police today as Tenencio Moraga III leave the San Marcos Walmart after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a little girl. VIDEO CAPTURE VIA SAN MARCOS POLICE DEPARTMENT


San Marcos police have identified the individual captured on video at the San Marcos Walmart on Sept. 7 accused of attempting to abduct an 11-year-old girl.

Tenencio Moraga III

Tenencio Moraga III

An arrest warrant for attempted kidnapping has been issued for Tenencio Moraga III, 31. He also goes by the name “Dennis” Moraga. 

Moraga is currently homeless, but has family in San Marcos and Austin. He has not been seen since Sept. 11 after images from the store security system were aired on TV news broadcasts. He has been known to frequent the Southside Community Center in San Marcos.

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 Wal-Mart 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 the man and her sister and shouted to her father that they were going to get free toys.

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

People with information about Moraga can submit tips through the police department’s Citizen Observer program or through Hays County Crimestoppers.

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One thought on “Police obtain arrest warrant in Walmart attempted kidnapping

  1. Not that it is ok to kidnap children, but arent these two girls too old to believe that a sketchy looking stranger (not even dressed in a Walmart uniform) is handing out free toys? Talk to your children people. Stranger danger is a real thing and a lesson that can prevent something like this from happening.

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