• Man facing charges for trying to lure 12-year-old girl


    CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A mother is praising a security guard who chased down a man suspected of trying to entice her 12-year-old child for deviant purposes.

    "Amazing, amazing. I salute him," Tina Weaver said about the security guard police said held James Matthew Smith until they arrived and arrested him. 

    Smith now faces enticing a child for indecent purposes charges.

    Weaver says her ordeal began when Smith confronted her daughter in the Hunter's Ridge Mobile Home Park as she walked to buy some candy. The child says Smith kept watching her after trying to lure her away.

    "I was really shaken and scared and I really didn't know what to do," she said.

    The girl ran home and told her parents what happened. Weaver said she located Smith and called police. When they were slow to arrive, she called the mobile's home's security line, and that's when her hero showed up. Police said as the security guard questioned Smith, he took off running.

    "The security guard took off behind him. When he caught him he took him to the ground, and that's when the guy owned up to doing it," Weaver explained to Channel 2’s Tom Jones.

    She said she would have hated for Smith to get away.

    "If he hadn't have been down there to catch him he would have gotten away and it could have been somebody else's life in jeopardy," Weaver said.

    A judge denied bond for Smith.

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