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September 25th, 2014
Attempted kidnapping suspect arrested in Austin


The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested a man Thursday just afternoon in North Austin who is accused of attempting to kidnap an 11-year-old girl in San Marcos earlier this month.

Tenencio Moraga III

Tenencio Moraga III

Officers arrested Tenencio Moraga III, 31, on charges of attempted kidnapping.

“The quick capture of this individual is the culmination of several key factors – hard work by our personnel, the willingness of multiple citizens to come forward with information after viewing the photographs distributed by the media, and the cooperation of several law enforcement agencies in Central Texas to make his capture a priority,” San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp said.

Acting on leads provided by the public and Austin Regional Intelligence Center, officers with the Lone Star Fugitive Task force set up surveillance on a residence in the 10000 block of Brownie Drive in North Austin. During the surveillance, Moraga contacted San Marcos police Det. Robert Elrod relayed information to officers on the scene at Brownie Street and arranged for Moraga’s surrender.

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

Moraga is in custody in Austin waiting to be brought to the Hays County jail.

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