This news article details how some lowlife in Austin, Texas tried to kidnap little girls in a library.
Looks like a real charmer, doesn’t he?
Anyway, the suspect first tried to make off with an 11 year old girl, who wriggled out of his grasp before running to find her father in the library. The father kept the potential victim near, but didn’t call the police. When Dad and daughter were in the self checkout line, the suspect came up to the girl and grabbed her by the hand, declaring that the child was coming with him. Dad told the suspect to let the girl go, but did not call the police again! The father and daughter checked out their reading material and left for home.
Why didn’t the father call the police? What does he think they are for, anyway?
Later on, the suspect was found with a partially disrobed 8 year old girl in the bathroom. Library patrons, unrelated to the little girl who had been assaulted, called the police (at last!) and detained the suspect until the authorities arrived.
Kudos to the faceless, nameless library visitors who did right by the victim. Shame to the Dad who didn’t care if the suspect went on to assault little girls he didn’t personally know.
Texas has changed. A hundred years ago that guy would have been dragged out of the library to the nearest tree.
I don’t understand that father at all.
Must not be a native Texan.
I’m guessing distant step-dad.
“…the suspect came up to the girl and grabbed her by the hand, declaring that the child was coming with him. Dad told the suspect to let the girl go…”
That should earn you an instant disembowelling no matter what state you’re from.
The father did call the police about 15 minutes after the first incident. Your information is inaccurate. Maybe instead of trying to victim shame the father you should focus on why this animal predator was free to stalk kids instead of being locked up
I’m getting really sick of all these comments I keep reading attacking the father of the 11 year old. He was on the news and he explained that he initially thought the guy was mentally impaired and had the mind of a child. He thought he was more of an idiot than a threat. But he still called the police anyway. He could have not said anything and avoided all these attacks. You people should give him a break and focus more on why that animal wasn’t locked up in jail or a mental hospital
” But he still called the police anyway.”
Yeah, after giving the suspect enough time to kidnap and disrobe an 8 year old victim who will carry that trauma the rest of her life.
” He could have not said anything and avoided all these attacks.”
That is the whole point. He didn’t say anything when he should have, and a young girl was attacked because he kept quiet for too long.
” You people should give him a break and focus more on why that animal wasn’t locked up in jail or a mental hospital”
Probably because people like Silent Dad let him get away with such acts in the past without bothering to call the police.
My point is the only one here to blame is Hubert Powell. It’s sad to keep blaming this poor guy just because he didn’t react quite the way you would like him to. I don’t call the police every time a homeless guy pesters me when I’m downtown. The police wouldn’t rush to the scene just because some guy tried to grab his daughter’s hand. He didn’t even know the whole story until they left the library. Apparently the daughter didn’t feel comfortable to tell him until later, and that’s when he called police. Given the circumstances, the father did nothing wrong
If by “pester” you mean “grab”, yeah, the police would do something.
Oh, he will be well looked after in jail. Criminals have families too and they take a really dim view of “short eyes”. He won’t see trial unscathed unless he’s kept away from the general population.