Watauga girl escapes kidnapper; suspect at large

Amber Hewitt, 11, told News 8 she was frightened, but knew what she had to do.

WATAUGA – Police are looking for a suspect who forced a girl into his car before she escaped on Monday afternoon.

At 3:22 p.m. Monday, Watauga police received a report of an attempted child abduction in the 6100 block of Nelson Terrace. The victim said a suspect forced her into his vehicle. She was able to break free and run home.

Amber Hewitt, 11, told News 8 she was frightened but knew she had to react.

"I was screaming, trying to get out and everything," she said.

Amber chipped a front tooth on the suspect's door as she got away, but a hospital checkup revealed no other injuries.

Her mom thinks her martial arts training may have helped her reaction.

"You always think it it never going to happen to you, and then it does," said Sylvia Chandler, the girl's mother. "She's my only daughter."

The suspect is described as a black man between 30 and 40 years old, six-feet tall with an average build. At the time, he was wearing a tan or light-colored tight skull cap-type beanie, dark sweat pants, and a white T-shirt that hung below his waist.

Investigators went door-to-door on Tuesday evening around Nelson Terrace showing pictures of a black, older model Mercedes sedan.

Police say a car matching the same description was reported in a separate attempted child abduction last month off Meadowbrook Drive.

If you have any information regarding the suspect or the crime, please contact Watauga police at 817-514-5783.


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