Tips by Ch. 2 viewers lead to suspicious man arrest

by: Dave Huddleston Updated:

Carrollton police are searching for a man they said approached a teenage boy asking him for sex acts.

CARROLLTON, Ga. - Carrollton police said they have made an arrest of a suspicious man who approached a child inside a Kmart store.

Police are crediting Channel 2 Action news viewers for the arrest.

Investigators told Channel 2's Dave Huddleston they began receiving calls from the public that led them to the suspect, Andrew Phillips, 38.

Phillips is accused of approaching a teenage boy in the middle of a crowded Kmart store and asking for sex.

The incident was captured on surveillance video, which aired on Channel 2 Action News.

"I got a couple of tips and ended up making an arrest, but needed the victim to positively identify the suspect," Sgt. Blake Hitchcock said.

The teenage victim and his parents went to police headquarters and gave police what they needed to put Phillips behind bars.

Huddleston talked with the victim's parents, who said they couldn't believe this happened to their son.

"There were tons of people in the parking lot. I guess he thought he would blend in and no one would even notice," James King said.

King was at the store with his son and had a warning for other parents.

"There are people out there who are predators, and they are looking for people, who say look, I can take this kid and no one will even know it," King said.

Phillips is currently being held at the Carroll County Jail, charged with soliciting for sodomy of a minor.