A bystander who was paying attention prevented an attempted abduction at “Meet the Teacher Night” at a school in North Richland Hills.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night, at International Leadership of Texas School NRH.
As the “Meet the Teacher Night” took place, a mother observed Kevin Ward, 31, going up and down hallways without a child.
Ward was then seen trying to put his arm around a boy and lure him away from his mother, authorities say.
The mother stepped in and notified school officials.
When authorities arrived to the location, they found Ward outside of the school. He was arrested and charged with unlawful restraint less than 17 years of age.
“This is a prime example of being observant and paying attention to your surroundings and being quick to share information,” stated a spokesperson with the police department. “This is a testimony to the partnership that it takes between the general public and the police so we can work together.”
Ward’s bond was set at $150,000.
Authorities say that there is no link between Ward and the school.