Neighbors react to Brownsville attempted kidnapping

Attempted kidnapping in Brownsville

Residents in a Brownsville neighborhood were shocked to hear of an attempted kidnapping right in their neighborhood.

Brownsville police arrested 59-year-old Jose Rivera for attempted kidnapping near Gonzales Park and Carolina Street.

He was caught shortly after a 14-year-old girl told police officers a man had tried to grab and put her in his van.

Police said she should not have been walking alone.

"Obviously you don TMt want to let your kids out late in the evening to be wandering the streets because anything can happen I mean [this is a] prime example," said Brownsville Police spokesperson, Jose Trevino.

Residents on Carolina Street said while they do see some activity on their street, an attempted kidnapping is out of the ordinary.

Julia Cervantes grew up in this neighborhood and she said times have changed.

"My parents trusted me and everything was fine, Cervantes said. I went off with my friends and it TMs unfortunate now that these children have to be secured by their parents if they want to be safe.

A missing child could be a parent's worst nightmare and that TMs why Cervantes said she doesn TMt let her nieces out of sight.

"They don't want to be put in that situation where you know we can TMt find them or they TMre missing or something happens to them because of the precautions we as adults did not take," Cervantes said.

Cervantes said she'd rather be safe than sorry.

At this time investigators are unsure if the victim and suspect knew each other.

Brownsville police said it is an ongoing investigation.

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