A four-year-old girl narrowly escapes an attempted abduction. Tonight, the search is on for the would-be kidnapper. Police say on Friday night, the man grabbed the four-year old at the Highway 64 WalMart in Tyler. Fortunately, the girl's eight-year-old sister saw the whole thing and called for help.
"I don't think she really knows what happened. But she knows that a man tried to take her away. That's all she says," said Eva Alfarol, Gracie's mother.
Friday night at around 8:00 p.m., Eva children went to WalMart on Highway 64 with her sister-in-law. During the one-hour trip, Gracie and Elizabeth asked her if they could go to the toy aisle with their two cousins. With her sister-in-law in the next isle, the girls took a look Barbies and bikes.
Elizabeth said it was then that a man came up to Gracie, grabbed her by the hand and started walking out with her. But he didn't get far, thanks to Elizabeth. "I hit him and then he said nevermind because he saw my aunt and then we told my aunt," said Elizabeth.
Eva says her sister-in-law called security. After finding out out about the incident, Eva went to WalMart and asked to file a police report. "He could be anywhere. He could be at a grocery store. He could be anywhere. He's out there. He's gonna want to do it again. If he thinks he got away with it, he's going to want to do it again and he'll definitely get somebody else's kid," said Eva.
Gracie's father says parents should be extra careful with their children. "Have a good eye on them because it can happen in a split second, especially with a smaller kid," said Ruben Alfarol, Gracie's father.
For now, though, they just hope this person is found before he tries to do this again and maybe next time succeeds.
Police are describing the man as Hispanic, in his 20s. He had a scar or scratch on the left side of his face. He had short black hair and was wearing a black and white baseball cap and a brown shirt. Investigators have reviewed surveillance video obtained from WalMart. Officials say the incident as described by witnesses was not captured on video nor was the suspect.