Search continues for Horizon City kidnapping suspect

El Paso County Sheriff
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:20pm

The manhunt continues after El Paso Sheriff's investigators say a man kidnapped a 12-year-old girl, sexually assaulted her, and then left her at a movie theater.

Sheriff's investigators said they're doing everything to find this suspect and they're asking parents everywhere to keep an even closer eye on their kids, until he's caught.

"It scares you. As a parent, it scares you," said Peter Enriquez.

Enriquez just moved his family back to Horizon City from Las Vegas.

He said even though his son is older, he is still always making sure he knows where his child is.

"Just because he is a 17 year old boy, that he can just go out and have a good time, just because he is a boy doesn’t mean I don’t’ look out for him," he said.

It's that attitude that El Paso Sheriffs are asking all parents to take on after yesterday’s kidnapping.

"To be more vigilant as we go about our everyday lives because we don't want to see another victim," said El Paso County Sheriff, Richard Wiles.

This started yesterday afternoon at around 5:15 at Horizon High School in Far East El Paso.

The 12 year old victim said she was at a football game when she left the stands to go to the restroom.

"When she was approached by a male suspect,” said Wiles.

Investigators said the man may have had a hand gun when he came up to the girl and led her to a dark blue truck.

The girl was dropped off behind the Cinemark movie theater on Montana at around 7:40.

Investigators say she was sexually assaulted.

"We really need the help of the public, help us locate the person responsible for this crime," said Wiles.

An image of the suspect was captured at the school on security cameras.

“She also described colorful tattoos on his arm. She said the most distinct feature of the male was that he had a very thick beard that was well trimmed. She was very descriptive of that," said investigator Patrick Barrett.

So while sheriffs continue their investigation, people like Enriquez say parents everywhere need to make sure something like this doesn’t happen to their kids.

"You can trust them, it's the people around them that you can't trust," he said.

If you know who the man is, call the El Paso Sheriff's Office at (915) 546-2280. 

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