WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Cherokee County investigators searching for an attempted kidnapping suspect say they have video of the truck they believe the man was driving.
The boy was getting off a school bus on Flint Court in Woodstock when the incident happened.
Investigators have been talking to neighbors and checking on registered sex offenders in the area. But it wasn't until they checked the camera inside the school bus that they got a break.
Out the window of the bus, the bus's camera showed a dark Dodge pickup truck parked as the kids got off the bus.
Moments later on Wednesday afternoon, a 12-year-old boy said the black pickup pulled up next to him.
Investigators said the driver tried to lure him into the truck by telling him his father was in the hospital and he needed to drive him there.
"Fortunately, the boy did the right thing and said, ‘Absolutely not. Going to go talk to my mom,’ and ran home. That's exactly what he should have done," said Cherokee County Sheriff’s Lt. Jay Baker.
The child’s mother, who asked not to be named, says her son is scared to be alone.
“He doesn't want to go anywhere really by himself, he doesn't even want to go in the driveway by himself,” the woman said.
The camera did not capture the tag number or an image of the driver. But the man deputies are looking for is a middle-aged man with gray hair and a scruffy beard. The Dodge pickup has damage to driver-side door.
It's scary because it's their child that possibly could've been taken, a brother that could've been lost,” said resident Mary Dunlop.
Residents are hoping the photos will help authorities track the man down.
"I want him gone. I want my kids able to play safely and know that this creep isn't out here,” Dunlop said.
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