by: Tom Jones Updated:
ATLANTA - Two mothers said their amateur detective work helped get a man who they said was stalking their daughters as they walked to the school bus stop off the streets.
Atlanta police arrested Anthony Linson, 55.
Kelley Bass Jackson's 13-year-old daughter and Angela Lawhorn's 12-year-old daughter complained about a man jumping out of the bushes and following them on Howell Mill Road near 10th
Street as they walked to the bus stop.
The girls said they would often have to cross the street or hide out in a coffee shop to get away from him.
Lawhorn told Channel 2's Tom Jones she decided to follow the kids one day to see what would happen.
She said she saw Linson come out of the bushes and follow the girls and stare at them.
"I'm like, 'Those are my children. You leave them alone. Why are you following them?'" Lawhorn said she screamed.
Meanwhile, Jackson had called police, but was so angry she confronted Linson, telling him, "'You don't follow little girls. You are a scary dude.' And I pulled out my cellphone and I said, 'I got you now.'"
Police arrived soon after and said Linson tried to run away. They charged him with obstruction and disorderly conduct.
Jackson said the situation became even scarier when she looked up Linson's criminal history.
Jones checked his record and found Linson has been arrested 18 times since 2000 on charges include attacking an officer and aggravated assault.
Jones said the area in the bushes where Linson was hiding appeared as if someone was sleeping there. He could not reach Linson to get his side of the story.
The school district moved the bus stop and now the girls don't have to walk near the bushes.