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Texas man who reportedly tried not to kidnap a teenage jogger is arrested

A Texas man was taken into custody on Tuesday for the attempted abduction of a 15-year-old girl who managed to escape from the ordeal that happened earlier this month, authorities said.
(Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office)

A Texas man was taken into custody on Tuesday for the attempted abduction of a 15-year-old girl who managed to escape from the ordeal, authorities said.

Law enforcement learned that the teenager had been jogging on Dec. 2 when a person who is described as a Hispanic man came near her, the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook. The individual was driving a brown, 4-door Chevrolet Silverado truck made in the early 2000s, authorities said.

The girl claimed that the man “stopped and got out of the truck and wrapped his arms around her,” says her call for help, authorities said. She managed to free herself after the pair crashed to the ground, after which he fled the scene in his vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

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On Dec. 5 investigators of the sheriff’s office went to the scene of the incident and while they were there, they saw a vehicle that meet the one, who had described as the suspect, authorities said. When the driver, identified as defendant Steven Salazar noted the researchers, who he allegedly tried to leave the area before they are stopped by a sheriff’s office patrol unit, according to the message.

“Salazar fit the description given of the attempted abductor, but he denied that there is no contact with the victim or any involvement in the incident,” the sheriff’s office said.

Then he was arrested for reckless driving, and would also be faced with a charge of evading arrest in a vehicle, the post said.

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“The researchers were able to identify Steven Salazar as the man who tried to kidnap a 15-year-old victim on Sunday, December 2,” the sheriff’s office said. “The researchers re-interviewed Salazar and he gave several conflicting stories about the incident.”

Salazar was in his home in Alvin, Texas on Dec. 11 when the authorities came and took him into custody for attempted kidnapping, after which he was booked into the Brazoria County Jail on a $20,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said.

The Brazoria County Jail confirmed to Fox News that Salazar remained in custody on Thursday.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, the post said.

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