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.
“I think it’s too early to draw any conclusions,” Hunton said. “It’s certainly possible, but right now we have no information to indicate it’s related. It may or may not be.”
The reported attempt happened 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 while 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 that he was going home to talk to his mom before getting in the car, and “took off running towards his residence,” the report states.
The suspect is described as a middle-aged white man, with gray hair and gray “scruffy” facial hair. The 12-year-old told police the man was wearing a camouflage ball cap and a navy blue shirt.
The student told police the truck was a newer-model black Dodge Ram with damage on the rear driver-side door, the report showed.
Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department said investigators have been canvasing the area and interviewing residents.
“None of the residents remembered seeing the truck that day,” 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.
Hunton said investigators are working to identify the suspect and are looking into other cases around the metro Atlanta area to determine if there is any connection to incidents reported in nearby counties.
There have been no other child abduction attempts reported in Cherokee County recently, he said.
A letter was sent home with students at Mill Creek Middle School asking parents to review bus stop safety expectations with their children, and to report any similar incident to the authorities, a parent reported.