Police release sketch of abduction attempt suspect
by Michelle Babcock
April 02, 2014 04:00 AM | 4431 views | 2 2 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Suspect Sketch
Suspect Sketch
Police released a sketch Tuesday of the suspect wanted in a possible attempted child abduction in Woodstock last week.

The victim, a 12-year-old boy, sat down with a Georgia Bureau of Investigation sketch artist Tuesday and helped create the sketch, said Lt. Kimberly Grant, spokeswoman for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

“The suspect is described as a middle-aged white male, skinny in stature,” Grant said. “He has brown eyes, a gray ‘scruffy’ beard.”

The victim described the suspect as wearing a tan desert camouflage hat and a blue shirt with a right breast pocket, she said.

The suspected child abduction attempt happened last Wednesday afternoon when the 12-year-old Mill Creek Middle School student got off the bus to go home from school.

The apparent attempt happened at 3:45 p.m., when the student got off the bus in the Little River Crossing neighborhood. He later told police he was approached by a white man in a black Dodge Ram truck, police reports show.

The student reported to police the man in the truck told him, “Your father is in the hospital, get in the truck, and I’ll take you to him.”

The student told the man in the truck he was going home to talk to his mom before getting in the car, and “took off running towards his residence,” the report states.

Whether or not the apparent child abduction attempt in Woodstock is related to recent child abduction attempts in Gwinnett County that involved a similar type of vehicle is also being considered, said, Lt. Col. Ron Hunton, head of field investigations for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

The student told police the truck was a newer-model black Dodge Ram with damage on the rear driver-side door, the report showed.

Since the incident, investigators have been canvasing the area and interviewing residents.

“None of the residents remembered seeing the truck that day,” Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jay Baker said Friday. “Investigators were able to obtain images from the bus’s interior camera, and a Dodge pickup can be seen parked near the bus stop that day.”

Baker urged anyone with information about the suspect, the suspect’s vehicle or the incident to call 911.

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Traffic Reports
April 02, 2014
Hopefully the police are running traffic reports that late model ram pickups have been involved in that would yield that kind of damage to the drivers side door.

Meanwhile, I'd also be canvassing the Glade Rd. area.
Not impressed
April 02, 2014
How hard would it have been to include the pictures of the truck from the school bus camera and the fact that it has body damage in a certain area to be able to put the face with the truck? How important is it to possibly save a child from an abduction? Online, free, paid, whatever, some stories deserve the same level of coverage because of the importance of the content.
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