AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — Police have arrested a 30-year-old man accused of attempting to kidnap a 16-year-old girl walking home from school.
A 911 caller told police April 11 he had helped a teenager girl who was about to become a kidnapping victim.
Officers arrived at the 8200 block of Renton Drive in Austin, Texas, to search for the suspect described as a heavy-set Hispanic male, later identified as Philip Gamez.
The man said he heard screaming and saw the teen fighting Gamez outside his front door around 4:50 p.m.
The affidavit states the man knew the situation was serious when he saw Gamez “bear hug” the girl, lifting her in the air and attempt to put her in the passenger seat of a nearby Chevy Tahoe.
The victim told officers she was walking home from school when she “felt someone running behind her,” states the affidavit.
She told officers she turned around and saw a man charging toward her. He allegedly picked her up and grabbed her by the torso then pushed her inside the vehicle.
Once the witness saw the girl “pushed” into the car, he said he immediately ran and opened the door to help her escape.
According to the arrest warrant, it was then Gamez walked over and pushed the girl back inside while he confronted the witness.
The victim reported she escaped the vehicle during a physical altercation between the witness and suspect. She said she observed the witness hit the suspect while she retreated to safety.
The affidavit says Gamez immediately sped off. He was later caught after police saw his vehicle, which matched a description.
Authorities report Gamez did not stop at first, but when he was finally pulled over, officers identified him as the man who matched the kidnapper’s description. He was charged with attempted kidnapping.
Officers noted the victim sustained several injuries. She had bruising on one of her arms and her right ankle was swollen.
During police questioning, she told officers she did not know the suspect and lost her shoe, purse, and phone during the alleged kidnapping attempt.