She kept walking, hoping the man who repeatedly drove past her — even making comments such as "Hey, sexy!" —would eventually leave her alone.
But the man stopped his SUV on St. Paul south of Ninth Street next to her and tried to pull her into the vehicle on the first Wednesday night in July, she testified in Sedgwick County District Court on Thursday morning.
"I'm 15!" she said to him as she yanked her hand free and kept walking.
"You're too young for me," she said he replied as he got back into his Blazer and drove away.
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But he drove past her again, she said, and told her, "That still won't stop me."
The girl, dressed in a red T-shirt, faded blue jeans and flip-flops, never looked at 44-year-old Raul Benitez as he sat shackled in the courtroom.
But her testimony was enough for a Sedgwick County District Court judge to set a trial for Oct. 12, when a jury will be asked to determine whether Benitez is guilty of attempted kidnapping.
At the start of his preliminary hearing, Benitez told the court he was a native of Mexico and has lived in the U.S. for 23 years.
The teen testified that she was walking home from a friend's house just before dark on July 7 when Benitez began driving past her repeatedly on St. Paul in a red Chevy Blazer.
He began yelling comments to her, such as, "Hey, you're very pretty!" and, "Hey, sexy!" she said.
Sometimes he came north on St. Paul as she walked south, she said.
But he was driving the same direction she was walking when he pulled up next to her and stopped, walking around the Blazer to reach her, she said.
He got back into his SUV when she told him how old she was, she said, but she called her father after he returned yet again.
Her father went looking for the Blazer after he picked her up, she said, and they spotted it at a bar in the 600 block of St. Paul.
She took note of the Blazer's tag number, she testified, and then they went home, told her mother and called police.
Officers arrested Benitez a short time later.
Once this case is concluded, Benitez faces the possibility of deportation to Mexico.