Lubbock Police have released a surveillance picture of a suspect who they say attacked a teacher at an elementary school. Lubbock Police Captain Jon Caspell says the attack happened last Friday morning around 6:40 a.m. as the teacher was walking from her car to the doors of Maedgen Elementary School.
"A white Caucasian suspect walked up behind her and basically jumped her," Caspell said.
Caspell says the suspect grabbed the teacher's purse.
"Grabbed her purse by the straps, dragged her over to a concrete area and snatched the purse from her," Caspell said.
In the process of the struggle, the teacher hit her head on concrete and suffered some other injuries. She is okay, but as a result of the incident, police are taking extra precautions.
"We have stepped up enforcement, increased patrols, and LISD will have done the same because we want our students and faculty to have a sense of safety that's real," Caspell said.
School officials say safety is real on their campuses, thanks to security cameras. The cameras that captured the newly released surveillance picture were purchased through bond money. In a statement from LISD, school officials say they are grateful:
"The investment our community has made in security cameras, through the 2010 bond, has proven to be beneficial in solving this rare but unsettling crime. Lubbock ISD applauds the effort of law enforcement to apprehend the perpetrator."
Capt. Caspell says he hopes anyone who sees the picture, will contact CrimeLine at 741-1000.
"Something like this is not something that happens all the time. This is a rare instance and so folks should feel safe and know both us and LISD police are taking steps necessary to try and prevent this from happening again," Caspell said.
The Lubbock Police Department urges anyone with any information relating to this case to contact Crime Line at 741-1000 or text your tip to 274637. Remember to include the keyword "LBKTIPS" at the beginning of your text message, followed by a space. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.
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