by: Rachel Stockman Updated:ATLANTA —
Atlanta police are searching for a man they believe attempted to abduct a student who was walking to Booker T. Washington High School on Monday morning.
“She was crying hysterically by the time I came home,” said Elisha Eggleston, the victim’s mother.
“He had one of those automatic sliding doors and he was trying to tell her that her parents asked him to take her to school, which we know wasn’t true,” Eggleston said.
Police say the 17-year-old started running along Morris Brown Drive in Southwest Atlanta, back to her home.
Her mother says the man in his 50s or 60s followed her in a gray mini-van with Georgia plates. Police said the 17-year-old was unable to get a tag number.
“It is important for parents to speaking with their kids, making them aware of who they are allowed to go with so if situation like this comes up, they won’t be wondering if this person is telling the truth,” said Officer John Chafee, with the Atlanta Police Department.
“It was a black male, appeared to be 50 to 60 years old. He was medium build, had a mustache and was wearing a brown hat,” Chafee said.
Eggleston said her daughter is OK, but a bit shaken up. She will no longer be walking to school.
“He could try this again. I don’t know how many kids he has tried this with,” Eggleston said.
Police say they have not gotten any other reports of this happening in the area. They are urging parents and children to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.
Anyone with information about this crime should call Atlanta Police Zone 1 at 404-658-6486.