An attempted kidnapping in a central Lubbock neighborhood has the 12-year-old victim speaking out about how she got away.
Police tell us an adult male tried to kidnap 6th grader Susie Ortega who was walking home from O.L. Slaton Middle School at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Susie says she walking home from school on Ave. N between 23rd and 25th Street when she was approached by an unidentified male who took her an alley and tried to get her into his vehicle.
"I was struggling really hard. I told him to let go and he wouldn't let go," said Susie.
Luckily, she broke free and ran toward a passerby, while the suspect fled the area.
"I called this car that was passing by and she came back to bring me home," said Susie.
Her mother says that moment was a godsend.
"I'm just glad God was there, because I didn't think my daughter was going to come home. I am glad she's home," said Christina Ortega.
She says the whole situation was shocking, because they just moved into the neighborhood about a month ago and Susie started school not even a week ago.
Ortega also says her daughter always walks with someone, but made a mistake Tuesday that could have been her worst nightmare.
"We usually pick her up or the older brother brings her home. They usually walk together. It just happened yesterday that she walked home alone," said Ortega.
Although scared and alone, Susie did notice a distinct feature on the person who tried to kidnap her.
"He had a busted lip," said Susie.
The suspect is described as a black male, possibly driving a red passenger car.
LISD reminds parents - tell your children to walk in groups, be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to adults.
The Lubbock Police Department urges anyone with any information relating to this case to contact Crime Line at 741-1000.
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