Police: Man lures 13-year-old to apartment

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. —

Marietta police are worried about a child molestation suspect, fearing he could still do harm behind bars.

Josue Alejandro Gomez, 27, was arrested on sexual assault charges several weeks ago in cases involving children. Police are warning parents to monitor their children's Internet activity.

“When I saw it on the news, I was shocked. I was like, ‘I know that guy,’” Shylinda Jones told Channel 2's Ross Cavitt.

She recognized a picture of Gomez, calling him a creepy guy who she tried to avoid after one strange encounter.

“He was trying to solicit sex from me. He just kept saying, ‘mucho dinero,’ trying to talk to me,” Jones said.

Police said Gomez sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl in an apartment on Allgood Road. During that investigation, they also determined that he had become Facebook friends with a 13-year-old and talked her into meeting him.

“He actually enticed her enough to where she was actually considering running away with him,” Marietta Police spokesman David Baldwin said.

According to the arrest warrant, Gomez picked up the girl from a middle school, and they went to his apartment, where he allegedly assaulted her. Police believe their investigation will yield new allegations.

“We feel there is a large possibility of more victims, especially because he met the one victim online,” Baldwin said.

Gomez is being held in the Cobb County Jail without bond. Jail records show he's also suspected of being in the country illegally.

“He should be locked up and [the key] thrown away because there is a lot of kids around here. I don't let my kids out much because of this situation,” Jones said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Marietta police at 770-794-5300.