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Police investigate reports of two failed kidnappings

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

Two teen girls reported thwarting kidnappings in two separate incidents over two days, Clayton County Police said. A sister of one of the girls reported a similar incident about a month earlier.

Police do not believe any of the three incidents are related, and have responded to each alleged assault with increased patrols in the area.

Detectives are still looking for solid leads, spokeswoman Sonja Sanchez said, and trying to straighten out some apparent inconsistencies in the various accounts provided them.

An 18-year-old girl told police on Monday she was in Jonesboro, walking on Raven Drive, near Raintree Drive, around 7 a.m., and was approached by a tall man driving a red SUV.

The man demanded she get in the SUV, which may have been a GMC Yukon, first asking, then threatening, and then grabbing the girl, she told police.

The 18-year-old said she fought off the would-be abductor and ran home to call 911.

The county police responded with heavy patrols through the neighborhood, but are working with a sketchy description of events and of the man, who was described as asix-feet, two-inches tall and of medium build.

The next day, police received another report, this time by a 16-year-old girl who was walking down Roundtree Road toward Riverdale High School about 8:30 a.m.

The girl said she was approached by a black, Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows and no license plate. A man, described as a tall, skinny, dark-skinned black man, wearing all-black clothing, asked the 16-year-old if she wanted a ride, she reported.

When she declined, the man reportedly demanded, and then tried to grab her. She hit him twice with her book bag and ran away.

The girl's younger sister, age 14, made a similar report on Feb. 11. The younger girl told police she was walking to school, and was approached by someone in a black, Ford Crown Victoria with tinted windows and a paper, drive-out tag.

A man got out of the car, claimed he was a truancy officer and inappropriately touched her, the 14-year-old reported to police.

She described him as a white man with a goatee, who was wearing a military-style uniform and a gun belt.

Sanchez said police responded with heavy patrols, through the area, stopping and checking similar-looking cars, but developed no leads in the case.

They will respond to the older sister's report of an attempted kidnapping with the same system of increased police presence, Sanchez said.

All three incidents are under investigation. Any one with information about them is asked to call police at (770) 473-5400.