A 16-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped while she was waiting for her school bus in Katy, Texas, on Monday morning.
Investigators said the teen, who has not been identified, was waiting for her bus just before 7 a.m. when a man grabbed her arm, threatened her, and then drove her around the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex for an hour.
The teen told investigators that he parked his vehicle and asked her questions for another hour, pushing her to disclose her name, age and where she lived. She said she cried the entire time and refused to answer his questions.
When the man looked away, the teen kicked him in the face and ran out of the vehicle.
Neighbor Mayra Chavez told KPRC: "That's really impressive. I know a lot of kids would be very scared, but for her to do that, that's really brave.”
Local resident Trudy Johnson said: "God bless her. Thank God she got away from him."
Both of the women were stunned that the kidnapping happened so close to home. "It's a pretty sedate neighborhood," Johnson said. "We have our little bit of (vandalism) stuff, kid stuff. But nothing like this. This is amazing.”
Chavez added: "I grew up in this neighborhood. I don't even know what to think. I mean, it's just awful.”
Police haven’t found the kidnapper, who was described as a bald black man with a mustache and goatee between the ages of 45 and 50. The teen said he drove an older white Honda from around 2000 or 2001.