Fort Worth police say a child predator is on the streets, and they want the public’s help to put him away.
The man is accused of soliciting sexual favors from boys in the area of East Rosedale Avenue and East Loop 820.
On Jan. 9 the man allegedly approached a 17-year-old Dunbar High School student as he was walking home in the 1800 block of Lucas Drive.
"The guy asked him could he give him $100 to perform sexual favors on him. And my son said, 'No.' And he said, 'Do you know anybody that would do it for $100?'" said Kysha Hall, the mother of the teen. "My son said, 'No.' He opened the door and said, 'Get in,' and my son took off running to the house."
Three days later, on Jan. 12, police said the same man approached two 11-year-old boys at an apartment complex in the 5400 block of East Rosedale Street.
"Him and his friend were just walking and somebody tried to give him $100 to try to cut their lawn, or whatever," said Morgan Whitehurst, who knows the victim who agreed to the deal.
Fort Worth police said the man told the boy to meet him at the back apartment gate, and the victim got into his car. The boy was driven several blocks away where police believe he was sexually assaulted. According to Detective Chris Daniels, the suspect did pay the boy $100.
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"I think that he is familiar with this area, and he realizes that 9-year-old, 11-year-old children don't typically come in contact with $100," Det. Daniels said Wednesday.
Police described the suspect as black, light-skinned, in his 30s with a goatee and driving a newer model, four-door silver BMW sedan with a gray interior.
Kysha Hall, the mother of the 17-year-old, added that her son said the man was heavy set and that he had pock marks on his face.
In addition to the concern for her son, Hall expressed concern Wednesday that it took nearly three full weeks between the day the man approached her son to the time police publicly announced the details of the suspect's reported crimes.
"I want people to know that when something like this happens, all these kids are in the area, why does it take three weeks later for the community to know that there's a sexual predator coming up and down these streets, you know, trying to get kids?" Hall asked.
In response, a police spokesperson told NBC 5 that sounding the alarm on crimes of this nature is not as easy as many people would like. However, the public information officer acknowledged the mother's concern and agreed that it is understandably frustrating.
Police believe there may be more victims and are asking them to come forward.
If you have information call the Crimes Against Children Unit at 817-348-1155.
NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.