A 59-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly tried to undress and sexually assault a Bell's Hill Elementary School employee outside the school Wednesday morning, an arrest affidavit states.

Alford Ray Snodgrass, of Waco, was arrested after Waco police were called to Bell's Hill Elementary School, 2100 Ross Avenue, before 6 a.m. when an employee reported a man attacked a school employee and grabbed onto her clothing. The affidavit states the man made a vulgar comment to the woman and tried to take off her shirt and pants.

The woman suffered several scratches on her body, primarily her chest area, the affidavit states. The man allegedly ran from the area after the attack.

Waco Independent School District police reviewed surveillance video from outside the school and noted the suspect's "disheveled appearance" but could not get a clear image of the assailant's face. Waco ISD officers talked to employees of businesses in the area, and a Whataburger employee mentioned a similar attack.

The affidavit does not list when the Whataburger incident happened.

"I began a theory based on his disheveled appearance on surveillance video (that) the subject could be a transient and checked local social services facilities in the area," the affidavit states.

Police located Snodgrass at a community health clinic seeking medical care for injuries he allegedly suffered during the altercation with the school employee, the affidavit states. Snodgrass told police he was trying to undress the woman with the goal to have sex with her, according to the affidavit.

"(The) suspect admitted to attempting to have sex with another unknown victim at another unknown location," the affidavit states. "(The) suspect also admitted to fleeing and hiding at a nearby car lot to avoid being caught."

Waco ISD spokesman Kyle DeBeer said Bell's Hill Principal Rebekah Mechell sent a letter home with parents Wednesday alerting them to the incident. Mechell wrote that the employee was walking from her car to the school when she was attacked and was able to fight the attacker off.

"As a principal, my first concern is for the safety of our students and staff," Mechell wrote. "We quickly confirmed that our campus was secure and that it was safe for us to hold school as normal."

Waco ISD police arrested Snodgrass on a third-degree felony charge of attempted sexual assault. He was taken to McLennnan County Jail, where he remained in custody Thursday with bond listed at $10,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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