A Lawrenceville man is accused of trying to lure children from a park Monday evening.
Gwinnett County police said a 911 caller described a man “acting strange, approaching children at a football practice and trying to get them to leave with him.” It happened at the Bay Creek Park in Loganville.
"Some guy called my brother over and my brother thought that he was in trouble," an alleged victim’s brother told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.
The boy said he was on the football field when a strange man grabbed his 8-year-old brother.
"My friend asked the guy that was holding my brother if he was his father and the guy said, ‘Yes,’" the boy said.
He said a woman stepped in, questioning the man. He said the man then told his brother to take off.
"Because of the parents that were watching out for these other kids, we were able to get there quick enough," Gwinnett County police Detective James Flanagan said.
Police said they received numerous reports of a suspicious man. When officers arrived, they confronted a suspect, whom they said changed his story several times about why he was at the park.
"At one point, he was there to watch his friend's son practice, but then he was there to watch his own son practice. And he couldn't give a consistent name of the child he came to watch," Flanagan said.
Jean Souffrant was charged with attempted kidnapping.
Kavanaugh went to a Gwinnett County court for a court hearing scheduled for Souffrant on Wednesday, but deputies told her he was too unruly to appear.