Man in white van accused of trying to kidnap teenage girl

Jose Alejandro Camero-Rivera // Cameron County Jail Photo

A Brownsville man is behind bars after he allegedly tried to kidnap a teenage girl and force her into his white van.

Brownsville police arrested 59-year-old Jose Alejandro Camero-Rivera on multiple criminal charges late Saturday night.

Investigators told Action 4 News that it all happened at Gonzales Park just north of the UTB campus around 10:25 p.m. Saturday.

A 14-year-old girl ran to police officers for help after Camero-Rivera allegedly tried to take her in his white van.

Officers spotted the van off nearby Carolina Street but it didn't stop until it was on Elena Street.

Camero-Rivera allegedly refused to step outside of the van prompting officer to remove him.

Investigators charged the 59-year-old man with attempted kidnapping, evading arrest in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

It's not clear of Camero-Rivera knew the 14-year-old girl but the case remains under investigation.

Court records shows that Camero-Rivera had a criminal history involving DWI and driving with an invalid license.

The records show he lived on Dana Street just a few blocks away from the park.

Camero-Rivera remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail under $57,500 dollars in bonds.