HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A mother says her 16-year-old daughter was almost abducted while waiting for the school bus.
It happened Tuesday around 6:20 a.m. near Parkwood Circle Drive and West Sam Houston Parkway in southwest Houston.
The teen, Chastity Rivera, says she was standing at her bus stop when a man in a small black sedan pulled up near her and asked her if she needed a ride. Rivera says she did not respond and the man drove around a nearby hotel, pulled up behind her, and forced her into his car.
Rivera says she began to fight back and was able to escape.
She says the man is African American and in his 40s to 50s.
Her mother, Lakesha McWilliams says she wanted to get the word out so other parents can be on alert.
“She only 16-years-old. There’s no way she should feel this type of fear and I don’t want any other parent to have to feel fear that I felt today. Everyone should be aware of the things that go on around here in the area,” McWilliams told FOX 26 News.
Rivera says she reported the incident when she arrived at her school, Alief Taylor High School.
Alief Independent School District Police is investigating the case.
The school district issued this statement in response:
Providing a safe and secure environment for our students is the top priority in Alief ISD. A Taylor High School student reported this morning that there was an attempted abduction at the bus stop just outside the Comfort Suites at 7707 West Sam Houston Parkway South. Alief ISD Police were provided a description of the vehicle and the driver and are currently investigating the incident. Alief Police will increase patrols during the busy times that buses are picking up or dropping off students in that area. We ask parents to remind their children to be aware of their surroundings at all times while waiting for buses. We also ask community members to report any suspicious activity to Alief Police at 281-498-3542.