Parents Vow to Be More Vigilant in Wake of Attempted Abductions

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    Parents in North Fort Worth are vowing to be more vigilant in the wake of multiple attempted child abductions in recent weeks.

    Parents in North Fort Worth are vowing to be more vigilant in the wake of multiple attempted child abductions within the past few weeks.

    "It seems like they're not going to stop until they get a hold of one of our kids," Olivia Rodriguez told a crowd of about three dozen parents who gathered at Silver Sage Park Wednesday night.

    Rodriguez said she organized the meeting in an effort to band together with other parents in light of at least three attempted abduction incidents.

    "For whatever reason they feel comfortable in our area. I don't know why," Rodriguez said of what might be two separate suspects. "But it makes me uncomfortable. I want to make them as uncomfortable as possible."

    Wednesday's meeting came shortly after the Fort Worth Police Department released the first composite sketch of what one suspect might look like.

    The man has been described as white, in his 30s, with light brown hair, green or hazel eyes, a light complexion and a thin-muscular build, according to police. The man may also have a prominent mole or freckle on the left side of his face, police said.

    Previously police released a drawing of what may be the man's tattoo — three crosses within circles on his right shoulder.

    The composite sketch is based on the description a 10-year-old girl gave to police on May 21. The girl said a man sitting in a red pickup truck parked on Woodland Springs Drive, near the intersection with Netleaf Lane, urged her to get in the vehicle with him because her mother was in the hospital.

    A similar tactic was reportedly used on May 13 near Caprock Elementary School in the attempted abduction of a boy, according to police.

    There was a third reported abduction attempt on May 22, a 12-year-old boy playing in a park near Shiver Road and Ray White Road, but police do not believe the most recent attempt is connected to the first two.

    Parents at Wednesday's gathering vowed to meet again, and to become better eyes and ears of their neighborhood and its children, a move endorsed by police officers in attendance.

    "Even though our kids don't like other people watching [them] to tell what they've done before they get home it's OK. We need that today," Officer Sharron Neal told the crowd.