Houston police are searching for a suspect who raped a 13-year-old boy, robbed him and left him naked in Tidwell park. Family members told KPRC the boy is familiar with the suspect.
The sixth grader skipped school Monday, his family said. The boy was hanging out near his apartment complex when he was approached by a Black man in his 20s.
"He tried to drink with him, smoke with him and get him to buy stuff at a store," said the boy's mother, who did not want to be identified.
The mother said the boy accompanied the suspect to Tidwell park, where the suspect took the boy's phone, beat him and sexually assaulted him.
His mother said the boy woke up and realized he had been raped and robbed.
"The last thing he remembers is [his attacker] grabbing a big stick to hit him," the victim's mother said. "He remembers perfectly who did it."
The boy's uncle helped police search the park for evidence. "I found the clothes and shoes right there," his uncle told KPRC, pointing to a trail in Tidwell Park. "I'm surprised police didn't find them."
"I want them to catch him, I want him to pay, and I want there to be no more victims like my son," the boy's mother said. "I want justice for my son, and I want police to do their job."
Police are warning parents to keep an eye on their sons and daughters until the predator is caught.