Dallas man accused of attempted kidnappings

Dallas police arrested a 46-year-old man on Thursday accused of attempting to kidnap three girls.

Police said Sebastion Cervantes tried to lure the girls into his vehicle Wednesday after waiting while he was drunk for young girls to get off a school bus near the St. Augustine townhomes in Pleasant Grove.

Cervantes admits to police he was drinking vodka, but claims he remembers nothing about trying to lure then chase three girls.

Natalie Luna, a third grader, says Cervantes tried luring her to his SUV.

"He told me to come get some sunglasses," she said.

He then allegedly tried luring 13-year-old Areminta Mims and her 14-year-old sister, Shatyra, with cash. But they didn't buy it.

"Because I'm not a dummy," said Areminta. "I'm not going to walk to no stranger's car."

"Nobody went to the car, so he got out of the car and took his shirt off," said Shatyra.

The girls say he chased all three to a townhome and started knocking.

"I thought it was my cousin so I opened the front door," said Areminta.

That's when a neighbor, Jarrod Mitchell, says he stepped in and ran to help. He says Cervantes appeared drunk and out of it.

"I asked him to leave and he kept saying he wanted to go home," said Mitchell. "I said, ‘Sir, all you have to do is crank up your car and leave.'"

Mitchell called 911 as Cervantes took off. Officers were able to find Cervantes soon after.

Police say Cervantes had a machete with him.

"According to the witnesses they said he generally spoke Spanish. He was intoxicated. But they could understand he wanted them to get in the car and they just wouldn't do it," said Dallas police Maj. Robert Sherwin.

Police believe Cervantes has abducted or tried to abduct other girls and they are encouraging anyone with helpful information to come forward.


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