May 13, 2021 — The Wharton Police Department initiated an investigation into an alleged abduction attempt that occurred near the 600 block of Pecan Street in Wharton.
It was reported to school and law enforcement officials that a 14-year-old male student was chased by a hispanic male on or about 4:40 p.m. on May 12.
Wharton Independent School District released a statement reporting the alleged suspect, along with two other male individuals traveled by a blue passenger car when the alleged abduction attempt failed.
The suspect is said to be in the age range of mid-twenties to mid-thirties.
No additional information has emerged, leaving the case open and the investigation ongoing.
WPD Detective Ariel Soltura told The County Gin, “[WPD] investigated the incident, which included interviews with those involved and the canvassing of the area for cameras that may have captured the offense, and as of yet, no corroborating evidence has been discovered that would lead to the identification of the alleged suspect(s).”
He continued, “Throughout our comprehensive investigation, no evidence surfaced that refuted the alleged victim’s account, nor were we able to substantiate them either.”
While he could not speak as to whether an immediate threat to the public remains, Soltura said, “Citizens should remain vigilant at all times.”
“We believe citizens should remain vigilant at all times no matter the amount of cases reported to their local police department or their severity,” he told The Gin.
“The fact remains, we live in an imperfect world and our personal safety, or that of our children’s, should never be completely delegated to someone else. This is why partnering with those who serve your community is so important.
“As a department that places great interest and value in policing with our community, we urge the public to report anything that concerns them, 24/7. Should anyone have information that would shed additional light into this matter, we ask them to call.”
Those with information concerning this investigation or anyone witnessing suspicious behaviors, are asked to contact the Wharton Police Department at (979) 532-3131.