HPD: Stranger lures 13-year-old into van, inappropriately touches him before boy escapes

HOUSTON — Houston police are searching for a suspect who lured a 13-year-old boy into a van, and tried to force him to commit sexual acts.

According to police, on Oct. 18, a 13-year-old boy was walking to school westbound in the 7600 block of Tidwell around 8:15 a.m. and, as he crossed a bridge, a white van approached and stopped next to him.

The driver of the van asked the boy if he needed a ride to school.

The boy, thinking it was a van that transported children to school, accepted the ride and climbed into the front passenger seat.

During the ride, the driver reached over and inappropriately touched the boy, then offered him money to perform sexual acts.

When the boy resisted, the suspect tried to forcibly place the boy's hand in his lap. When the vehicle stopped at a red light, the boy managed to roll down the window, open the door from the outside and flee from the vehicle.

The suspect is described only as a 40- to 50- year-old man, with a medium build, brown eyes, bald head and no facial hair. He has distinctive loose skin under his chin, similar to a "double chin" and was wearing navy blue cargo shorts and a black polo T-shirt.

Anyone with information in this case or on the identity of the wanted suspect is urged to contact the HPD Northeast Patrol Division at 713-635-0200 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.