Despite Evidence, Critics Question Validity of Black Houston Teen Being Abducted by White Nationalist

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Zavion Parker, 13, told police that one of the men had a racial tattoo on his forearm. (Image courtesy of Erica Simon/ABC 13)

The story of a Houston teen found shoeless and distressed after he was allegedly kidnapped from a bus stop earlier this week has come under major scrutiny.

Folks are now questioning the claims of 13-year-old Zavion Parker, who told police he was abducted by a group of men shortly after he got off the school bus Monday. The teen, who was headed home that afternoon, said four or five older teens approached him and forced him into a four-door truck with flames painted on the sides.

Parker said he was then driven to a vacant cabin where he was assaulted. The teen recalled being driven by an older white man with orange hair and “I hate Black people” tattooed on his arm. He said the suspects robbed him of his keys, jacket, his phone and his shoes.

When the group went into a separate room to load an alleged gun, Parker said he ran for his life. That’s when witness Camecia Carmouche said she saw the frightened boy running down the street shoeless and immediately contacted police. Carmouche live-streamed the incident on Facebook as she explained to police what young Parker told her what happened to him.

“Zavion told me out of his own mouth that it was an older white guy — he had a red, white and blue tattoo on his neck,” she said in an interview with ABC 13 reporter Erica Simon. “… He could not explain verbatim that it was a Confederate flag. He said the man was basically telling him while he was on the phone with his momma that we [Black people] don’t belong out here, he was going to kill him and he was never going to see is mom again.”

Carmouche added that there were reportedly other Black victims inside the cabin, according to what Parker told her. The teen also claimed he saw several guns and torture weapons at the shack.

“I’m shaking because why would somebody make something like this up?!” Caramouche said. “Like a 13-year-old doesn’t really know about stuff like this. What he saw was real.”

The young woman’s account did little to quell public skepticism about the incident, however.

In a series of tweets, a local reporter named Erica Simon, gave several updates on the police investigation into Parker’s abduction. On Tuesday, she reported that seven Houston police officers were on the scene of an abandoned shack not far from the teen’s home. The cops allegedly found a wooden chair, shell casings and several weapons inside.

Local police officials have remained tight-lipped about the case, saying “it’s still an active investigation.” Parker’s mom, Michelle Lee, has been asked to bring her son in to talk to a detective about what happened, according to Simon.

The Houston Independent School District said it alerted parents about the teen’s attempted kidnapping and has plans to increase police patrols around his school.

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