Aggravated kidnapping in Horizon City

Updated: Saturday, August 23 2014, 09:04 PM MDT
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Authorities say the picture above is a person of interest in this kidnapping incident.

By: Jessica Gonzalez and Stacey Welsh

EL PASO, Texas - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Crimes Against Persons is investigating an aggravated kidnapping that happened on Friday shortly after 5 p.m.

The incident happened in the area of Horizon High School, which is located on 14651 Horizon Blvd.

 The victim is a 12-year-old female. She was attending a football game where she was approached by a male subject with a distinct full beard that was neatly trimmed. The suspect, who was believed to be armed with a handgun, led her to a vehicle that is said to be dark blue in color, officials said.

Authorities said the victim was later dropped off behind the Cinemark Movie Theater around 7:40 p.m.

"My understanding is that she approached a deputy who was working off-duty at that movie theater, and we immediately began an investigation," El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles said.

The sheriff's office believes the girl was sexually assaulted.

"You can imagine what a traumatic experience that would be for anybody, including a 12-year-old girl. It certainly is a horrific event, but we would prefer not to talk about any injuries at this time," Wiles said.

The Clint Independent School District said the district has an upgraded surveillance camera system, and schools have security measures in place.

"Any adult that visits our schools is not allowed in the school unless we do a background check," C.I.S.D Superintendent Juan Martinez said.

However, because Friday's football game was only a scrimmage, Martinez said there was no security. He said there will be police presence at future games.

People living in the area said they plan to take extra safety precautions after hearing about this case.

"Some areas are very dark and vacant, so I do agree in maybe some additional security," Horizon City resident Ofelia De Santiago said.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, you are being asked to contact the Sheriff's Office immediately at 915-546-2280 and request to speak with Detective Patrick J. Barrett.

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