• Attempted abduction reports up to 5 in Gwinnett County

    By: Tony Thomas


    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Gwinnett County police now say they have five reported cases of attempted child abductions in the past few weeks, all involving the same type of vehicle.
    Channel 2's Tony Thomas spoke to police who say the problem is they don’t have an actual crime so far.
    Notosha Priestley is a mother who's on edge. When one of her neighbors spotted a suspicious man in a black truck taking pictures of her neighborhood, watchful residents went into overdrive.
    “I'm staring out my window more often,” Priestly said.  
    After two initial reports of a man in a black pickup truck trying to lure young boys into his vehicle, Gwinnett County police say they are now being flooded with calls for suspicious activity.
    The number of actual cases detectives are investigating stands at five. Police plan to bring in the first two boys next week to describe the man or men to a sketch artist.
    “At this point the suspect descriptions differ enough that we are not at all convinced that we are all talking about the same person,” said Cpl. Jake Smith with the Gwinnett County Police Department.  
    Police say they are taking the situation seriously and are happy the community is as well, even if it means dozens of tips so far that haven’t panned out.
    “We would rather have the community on high alert and get these calls rather than  something happen because no one is paying attention,” Smith said.  
    And investigators want those tips to keep coming in until they can figure out who this mysterious man is and what his intentions are. 
    Priestley's eyes are open and she says she's given several warnings to her 12-year-old son.
    “I just tell him, ‘Do not get in a car with anybody, I don’t' care if it's grandma, if it's grandpa, if it's Jesus. Just don't answer the door,” Priestley said.
    At this point detectives say the incidents are focused in the Dacula and Lawrenceville areas, but calls have come in from all over the area, including other counties.

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