Midlothian Mirror Managing Editor
Authorities are looking into a report of an alleged attempt to abduct a child from Wal-Mart Saturday afternoon.
Midlothian police were called to the Midlothian Wal-Mart SuperCenter at the intersection of U.S. Highways 67 and 287 at 2:45 p.m. Saturday with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department and Ovilla Police Department also responding to the scene.
Police made contact with a 41-year-old woman who reported she confronted a man whom she saw trying to entice her 6-year-old son.
“The woman said the man was hiding behind some boxes and was whispering and beckoning the child over to him,” said Midlothian Police Department Public Information Officer Britton Snipes. “She told police that when she asked the man what he was doing he fled into the parking lot.”
Snipes said the responding law enforcement agencies blocked all entrances and exits to the store when they arrived and conducted a search for the man, who was not located.
“The man is described as a white male, about 25 to 30 years old, with a shaved head and tattoos on both of his arms,” said Snipes. “He was wearing a black ball cap, black T-shirt and blue jeans.”
Wal-Mart stores are typically equipped with a large number of video cameras. A photo or video of the alleged incident or suspect was not provided to the Midlothian Mirror.
The store was locked down for about 30-minutes as police stood at the doorway and let people out one by one.
The incident is being actively investigated by the Midlothian Police Department and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Midlothian Police Department at (972) 775-3333.