Kidnapped 9-year-old dropped off miles away from home

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SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Police are investigating the alleged kidnapping of a 9-year-old boy who said a man dropped him off in neighborhood miles away from home.

The terrifying ordeal ended Monday night at Potomac Terrace, north of Camp Creek Parkway in East Point.

Around 8:30 p.m., Willie said he went outside of his southwest Atlanta home on Fairburn Road to take care of his Chihuahua, Goldy, when he spotted a couple of dollars in his yard. Things got scary from there.

“I was walking over here by the tree. I picked up the money and the man got out of his car and threw me in his car," said 9-year-old Willie Myrick.

According to police reports, a man driving a light gray, four-door Honda Civic grabbed the fourth grader. Police said the car did not have any interior carpeting.

Willie said he was afraid that the man was going to kill him. The man drove Willie around for nearly three hours, police said.

“He was cursing at me telling me to shut up and didn't want to hear a word from me," said Willie. “He said if I told anyone he would hurt me, like in a bad way.”

The boy went to several homes in that East Point neighborhood asking for help. One person actually turned him away, but an elderly man let him in and called the cops and his godmother.

Willie said he was not harmed during the ordeal. His godmother said the boy was taken to a hospital for examination.

He said he’ll never forget the face of the man, described as a light-skinned black man in his late 20s. Willie said the man had neck-length dreadlocks. He was wearing a Nike shirt, khaki shorts and white Air Force 1 sneakers.

Police ask anyone with information about the suspect to call 911.