The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has released a sketch of a man they believe tried to kidnap a 12-year-old boy last week. The boy met with an artist at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Tuesday.
The boy's detailed description includes telling police the man who tried to kidnap him just yards from his home was a middle-aged, thin white man with graying hair and facial hair. He wore a camo military-style hat and drove a newer model black 4-door Dodge Ram. The truck's rear passenger door was damaged.
As a school bus dropped off the boy near his home on Flint Court in Woodstock the man drove up and told the boy his father was in the hospital and he needed to get in the truck so he could take him to his dad. The boy told the man he had to check with his mom first and ran home just yards around the corner.
The boy's mom told CBS46 reporter Donna Rapado she is so proud her son was so brave and did the right thing, paying attention to her stranger-danger warnings.
"It's just scary to me that someone would be willing to drive to the back of a neighborhood where there's no other outlet other than the entrance to wait on a child," the mother, who preferred not to give her name, said. "And it makes me fearful that he was being watched, that the gentleman's been in here multiple times before scoping out who's in here, where they live and it just makes us feel uncomfortable."
The neighborhood is lined with well-kept homes and manicured lawns. Many families live in what's known as the Little River Crossing neighborhood. Children play outside all along its streets.
Kaylee Boyagen has two children and has lived in the neighborhood for 11 years. She lives across the street from the boy's family and is friends with them. She was stunned when she heard about the attempt.
"Our kids have always run free across the street to play with each other in groups," Boyagen said. "And now it's really hard for us to allow them to do that now. So it's really frustrating."
Mom and neighbor Tiffany Leach added, "It's very, very hard to deal with. I have a 2-year-old and a 7-year-old, and if anything were ever to happen to them it would be very difficult to deal with."
The fact that this man drove into the thick of this neighborhood and tried to kidnap someone in the middle of the afternoon is even more alarming.
"Definitely, I would say for any parent it would cause a great bit of concern in the fact that this person was so brazen in their attempt to do what they did," said Chip Dobbs, an investigator with the Cherokee County Police Department.
The suspected attempted kidnapper probably didn't count on two crucial things: that the school bus has video cameras and captured the image of his truck. Or, that the 12-year old boy would have such picture-perfect memory, detailing his face for everyone to see.
Anyone recognizing the man in the sketch, or the truck, is urged to call 911 or the Cherokee County Police Department.
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