Police: 12-year-old followed in Dunwoody neighborhood

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Police say a girl walking in the Springfield subdivision in Dunwoody was approached by strangers.

DUNWOODY, Ga. - A Dunwoody neighborhood is on alert after a 12-year-old said she was followed by strangers.
   

The incident happened at the Springfield subdivision in Dunwoody. City police told Channel 2’s Mark Winne they are looking to speak to “people of interest."

Dunwoody Police Officer Tim Fecht said the girl was walking on Springfield Drive near Summerford Drive when on the opposite side of the street, an older SUV stopped next to her. The driver exited and opened the back, Fecht said.
           
He said the girl walked a bit farther and the SUV stopped again and the driver got out and opened the back. Then, she walked farther and the SUV stopped before a passenger got out and went to the back and the driver walked toward her, Fecht said.

“She immediately took off and saw some older people in the area, some parents, ran towards them and then called her parents,” he told Winne.
           
Fecht described the SUV as an older model with a tire on the rear, possibly a Honda Passport or CRV, with many stickers on it. One sticker said “Peace, love, war,”
and another purple one was in the center of the back window.
           
Winne spoke to Kimberly Cook, a mother of three in the neighborhood.

“It’s just very disturbing that we can’t have our children feel free to be in their yards and streets,” she said.
         
Fecht said police aren't ready to assume the two men in the SUV had sinister intent, but investigators would like to speak to them.

“We want to see what these subjects were doing in the area,” Fecht said.