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Neighborhood participates in National Night Out after attempted kidnapping incident

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Oct. 1 is National Night Out, a national effort to keep neighborhoods safe. But for one community, the call to action happened in February, when a man was preying on children, trying to kidnap one of them.

Falcon Point is a nice, quiet neighborhood, not exactly the kind of place where you would expect your children to be in danger, but that's exactly what happened several months ago and now these neighbors are taking action.

A 9-year-old girl was walking home from school, just a few feet away from her front door.

"She came running home very scared and said this guy in a red truck cursed at me and drove by me a couple times," said Jennifer Smith.

Jennifer Smith is the mirror girl's mother.

"She was technically by herself and it was so simple for him to have jumped out of the car and have grabbed her," Smith said.

Smith says what happened on this side walk brought her to tears. It also happened just two weeks before an attempted kidnapping in the area.

"Based on the description we were able to give of the truck, they were able to find him through some footage over at Kelly Lane," Smith said.

In February, police charged 23-year-old Hutto resident Justin Johnson with two counts of attempted aggravated kidnapping.

John Donovan, a seven year resident, says that's where they started a neighborhood watch program and are participating in the National Night Out.

"The incident that Jen was talking about the wakeup call for all of us," Donovan said.

Rico Reyes, a 10 year resident of falcon point, agrees.

"It's always out there. This is the first time it ever hit this close to home, to your little girls, to your neighbors and the people you care about," Reyes said.

"It is important so that you don't become a victim of an incident such as this," Reyes said.

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