PAULDING COUNTY, Ga.,None - Some metro women who thought they were looking at a cute dog to adopt were actually looking at phony online ads and soon found themselves under attack.
Deputies in Paulding County told Channel 2's Ross Cavitt the attacks involved mindless violence.
Investigators said they ads were listed on the popular website Craigslist. The ad spoke to dog lovers with a picture of a cute, small,
in-demand breed that needed a new home.
In the ad, the seller claimed to be a
"When the females are contacting this individual they actually think they are speaking with a female, an older female, and they're not. They're actually speaking with this male juvenile," Deputy Ashley Hensen with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office said.
And when the callers went to look at the dog in a south Paulding subdivision, they found themselves under attack by a teenager chasing them with things like a Taser or hacksaw.
One woman said she was victimized twice.
"A female called her on the phone and
said, 'That was my child, can you please come back? I'm sorry.' So the female came back to the residence and at that point the male juvenile chased the female with a bat," Hensen said.
The teen was arrested and is now in the regional youth detention facility, but investigators want to know if anyone else fell prey to the bizarre attacks.
Cavitt talked with several Craigslist users but they all said they would never visit anyone's home.
"I have friends that have done that and they lost all of their money doing it. So, no I wouldn't do it," one woman said.
"I have only met up with like one person and it was in broad daylight and I wasn't alone so I pretty much kept my eyes open with that," said another woman.
"It's very disturbing because it doesn't appear that there's any type of motive like theft or anything like that," Hensen said.