By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
Killeen police released more information Saturday regarding the Friday morning abduction and assault of a 9-year-old girl while she was on her way to a bus stop.
Killeen police Chief Dennis Baldwin asked the community to take inventory of their surroundings as he gave more suspect information regarding the incident.
Police have narrowed down the suspect vehicle to a newer model two-door Scion TC. The vehicle is a dark color that can appear different colors depending on the light.
The color has been described as metallic purple or dark maroon, though the vehicle can appear black in low light. In a release from the Killeen Police Department Friday, police said the car's license plate may contain the letters S and T.
The suspect is described as a light skinned male, possibly Hispanic, with a rough complexion, short buzz-cut hair cut and a slim build. At the time of the assault, he was wearing a military ACU tan digitized combat uniform.
Detectives also believe the suspect has a light accent, Baldwin said.
During a Saturday afternoon press conference at KPD headquarters, Baldwin pleaded with the community to be on the lookout for any neighbors, friends or acquaintances matching that description that has access to ACUs and drives a car matching the suspect vehicle's description.
Officers responded to a reported kidnapping about 7 a.m. Friday in a neighborhood around York Avenue and Murphy Street. The victim was later located in the scarcely populated area of Maxdale and Reece Creek roads.
Friday's incident has not formally been connected to the Oct. 18 kidnapping and sexual assault of an 11-year-old middle school student. However, Baldwin did speak of the two incidents' similarities.
"There's a definite probability that the cases are related, and we're looking into that," he said Saturday.
In both cases, a girl was abducted on the way to a bus stop by a light-skinned man in a dark colored, two-door sedan. Both victims were assaulted at a different location and then released. Killeen police said at the time that the October incident was a sexual assault.
Baldwin would not confirm that Friday's incident was a sexual assault, stating investigators needed to be sure about evidence gathered from hospital officials.
But Baldwin did say the suspect's motives match those of a pedophile.
Baldwin gave recommendations to parents as to how to ensure their child's safety. He asked parents to make sure their children know not to walk through open fields or take shortcuts through remote parts of the city while on their way to school. He said children should travel in groups and never approach a stranger's car.
He also said parents need to work together to make sure an adult escorts their children to a bus stop.
Baldwin said he did not want to alarm the community, but speculated that the suspect may strike again if not caught.
"We're all a little edgy. When a child is abducted it shocks the community," he said.
Baldwin ended his remarks by speaking to the suspect directly: "We both know you have committed a grossly offensive crime. If someone kidnapped and assaulted your younger sister or your daughter, or a close loved one, you would no doubt take issue with it. Your actions are wrong before God and man. ... Take responsibility for your actions and turn yourself in to the police."
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the kidnapping to call Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS (8477), go online at www.killeencrimestoppers.com or text a tip to KILLEEN plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).
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