Mom fights off alleged intruder who tried to take kids

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police said a DeKalb County mother fought off a home invader who tried to take her children.

Shawndrea Smith said instead of getting sacred, she got angry. Smith said the man came into her house on Pinnacle Drive Friday afternoon and tried to walk off with 6-year-old and 3-year-old sons.

Smith said the suspect, 32-year-old Musa Lang, first came upstairs into her bedroom.

"(He) stated that my kids are not mine and I took them from him," she said.

That's when she says he went to the next room and grabbed both boys by the arms.

"That's when I just lost it a little bit," Smith said.

Smith then started hitting and pushing the suspect down the stairs and out of the front door.

"I said a few choice words and got him out my house," she said.

Neighbors saw what they first thought was a domestic dispute, but then realized what was going on and saw the suspect running down the street.

Neighbor Jean-Claude Thomas picked up the chase.

"We heard screaming," he said. "We're neighbors, so (we) had to do the right thing and at least hold him for the police…couldn't let him get away."

Thomas said they saw the man enter a nearby Zaxby's restaurant on South Hairston Road. DeKalb County police found Lang inside sitting at a table and arrested him.

He is in custody at the DeKalb County jail on charges of kidnapping and burglary.

Smith said her two boys are safe and she has no regrets.

"It was either let him go and let him do this to someone else, or go after him," she said.


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