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Decatur Police respond to attempted kidnapping

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Decatur Police respond to attempted kidnapping

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The Decatur Police Department on Tuesday, Dec. 10, responded to a report of an attempted kidnapping.

It’s the second report of attempted kidnapping in the Decatur area filed within the last 30 days. The suspect in this case has a different description than the one given in the previous abduction attempt.

According to the Police Department, officers responded to the call in the 100 block of Sams Street at 8:50 p.m.

“The victim reported she was standing on the sidewalk waiting on a rideshare when she noticed a man standing under the trees across the street,” the Police Department said. “The man crossed the street and walked towards her as though he was going to pass her but he then grabbed her by the left wrist and stated, ‘Come with me. Come with me.’ The victim yelled, ‘No!’ and jerked away from the man and ran to a nearby building. The suspect turned and walked towards East College Avenue. The victim was not injured.”

The victim provided the following description of the suspect:

White male, late 40’s-50’s, approximately 5’8”-5’9”, medium build with a noticeable belly, gray/white hair thinning on top, wearing eyeglasses, light wash blue jeans and a dark short-sleeved t-shirt and carrying a red bag of chips.

On Monday, Nov. 25, at 9:35 p.m., an employee of Emory Decatur Hospital was the victim of an attempted carjacking and abduction while picking up food at Decatur Square on North Decatur Road. That crime occurred around 9:10 p.m. According to DeKalb County Police, “an unidentified male attempted to kidnap a 24-year-old female who was sitting in her car near Bad Daddy’s Burger located at 1575 Church Street, Decatur, Ga. The victim was able to get out of the vehicle and run for help.”

Police said the victim described her attacker as a Hispanic male, 40-50 years old, 5’00”-5’02”, 130-135lbs, with short black hair, wearing a black jacket, dark pants, black hat, and armed with a black rifle. The male was last seen driving away in a grey four door vehicle.

DeKalb Police are asking anyone with information in that case to contact the DeKalb County Police Department at 770-724-7850 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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