Possible Abduction Attempt Reported in Dacula

The 11-year-old boy said a man in a black pickup truck attempted to grab him as he was walking home from the bus stop.

The incident occurred in Fairmont on the Park subdivision. Credit: Kristi Reed
The incident occurred in Fairmont on the Park subdivision. Credit: Kristi Reed
Gwinnett County Police are investigating a possible abduction attempt in a Dacula neighborhood.

The reported target, an 11-year-old boy, was walking to his home in Fairmont on the Park subdivision on the afternoon of Jan. 21 when the incident occurred. As the boy walked alongside the road after being dropped off by the school bus, a black pickup truck approached.

"[The boy] stated he was walking on the curb like it was a balance beam which put him close to the street," the officer wrote in the report. "He noticed the pickup get closer. He turned and looked and saw the pickup truck door open and this is when he saw the man."

The man, who the boy described a being overweight and approximately 50 years of age, reportedly attempted to pull the boy into the truck. The boy escaped, ran home and told his parents what had transpired. The boy, according to the report, mentioned hearing a rumor at school "about a black pickup attempting to snatch kids up."

The boy described the truck as being flat black in color with tinted windows and no chrome parts that he could recall. The rims on the truck were rusted and the vehicle was approximately the size of a Ford Ranger or small Mazda, the report stated. 

The case is listed as active.

On Jan. 17, a Dacula Patch reader posted a notice about a similar incident in a Lawrenceville neighborhood. Click here to read the Dacula Patch crime alert.

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Todd M January 22, 2014 at 06:15 PM
A few days before Christmas, I noticed a truck driving around our subdivision, looking at each house he passed. I was pulling out to go get my hair cut, it was a saturday. I passed him going the opposite direction in our subdivision and noticed him craining his neck. Something made me feel this was unusual, so I followed him. There had been a lot of packages and mail stolen off front door steps so I followed him. I noticed him drive to the back of the subdivision, then down each street doing the same thing. I pulled up to him and waived and he rolled down his window. I said that I had noticed him looking at every house and we had been the victim of break ins and thefts recently, so I just wanted to ask if he was from our neighborhood. Well the guy jumped out of his truck and started yelling at me telling me I was profiling him for being black. I told him that I didn't care if he was purple, he was acting odd and we as neighbors watch out for each other. Although I tried to explain, the guy kept freaking out and asked me to get out of my car. I called 911 instead. The guy called 911 too saying I was profiling. As it turns out, the guy was doing maintenance work on a rental home in our neighborhood that was being rented out. When the officer arrived he lectured me and asked "Are you a cop"? "Then why are you trying to do our job"? "Do you want to get shot". Basically the Gwinnett PD did more to lecture me that crime is their problem and not my problem. I asked if I did anything illegal and he said "No". Obviously some on the Gwinnett PD are more upset about homeowners trying to protect their neighbors than about numerous thefts that occur in our community each week. I explained to the cop that we have had packages stolen and many break in attempts, and he just said, "We know that and it is our job, not yours". This was in Dacula. The truck was a red truck, not a black one and the man was black, not white. My point is that Gwinnett PD has their heads screwed on sideways. No, I do not want to be shot, but I also do not want to walk around in fear of watching people and protecting my neighborhood. It's not like I confronted the guy or held him against his will. All I did was ask if he lived in the community. Sometimes it is difficult knowing which way is up or down in todays world.
Edward Brunson January 22, 2014 at 06:44 PM
The police are worthless. They will only get involved after something has happened. People seem to believe police are neighborhood security guards. They are not. They are only out there to generate money for local govt.
Ramona Bishop January 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Description fits the Dragon Con guy. Anybody know what kind of car he drives???
My2girls January 22, 2014 at 11:13 PM
This really scares me because I live very very near to this subdivision. I have an 12 yr old and I would have a heart attack if something happened. Abductors are so braised and will stop at nothing. We need to stop him first.
Ryan Heard January 23, 2014 at 09:14 AM
We had our neighborhood cars hijacked, by a gentlemen of the same description, and truck of similar description.. The 2 men (overweight) and 1 woman with a broken leg took our cards, and used them at the Braselton.. Got their tag, faces, etc.. going to Gwinnett to pass along the case from Hall County Sheriff. Bet they are one in the same! Beware of that black truck, and a maroon full-size with dual gas tanks!
Todd M January 23, 2014 at 09:59 AM
This was a maroon full size truck. Not sure about the dual gas tanks. I was smart enough to snap a picture of the plates while waiting for the PD.
Jeff Wolfe January 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Kristi, thank you for posting this story. Didn't know about this until a friend told me she saw the story on the Facebook fan page. I used this opportunity to talk with my kids (yet again), about predators. Hoping that this person is caught soon, and prosecuted to the fullest extent - unless of course, a father of one of the children happens to get a hold on him first. As a father of two children, I can tell you that he would be better off dealing with the police. Trust me. Let's also use this as an opportunity to keep all of the children in our neighborhoods safe, along with our own. Vigilant eyes, and caring hearts for those whose parents may not be home when they get off the bus.
Gretchen Irons January 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Ramona - I personally don't think that it would be the Dragon Con man. He is so sick now that he can't drive....maybe this lead from Hall County is it....until then, let's all work together to keep our kids safe!
Autumn Rampey Sharp January 23, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Maybe all those cops on 85 need to take a break on busting people going 5 over the speed limit going to and from work and go fight real crime. Just saying.
Hannahbelle January 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Last week I got an email from Osborne where my daughter goes to school, it said that the week, or so before a Mill Creek high schooler had a similar situation happen while on her way home from school... Does anyone know if the descriptions of these two "Monsters" matches ??
Kristi Reed (Editor) January 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM
The information I had did not include a description of the suspect in the Mill Creek incident: http://dacula.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/student-says-stranger-attempted-to-grab-her-on-trail-near-mill-creek-high-school
Bonnie Rebholz Photogenic January 24, 2014 at 12:05 AM
edward Brunson .. i personally hope "MY" husband doesn't ever get called out to help you someday. since you think he is so worthless.... They risk their lives daily to keep the general law abiding citizens safe... but it angers me that he may have to risk his life one day to save the life of a person that thinks he is worthless.... Policewife
Edward Brunson January 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM
If I needed help because someone tried to abduct my children I would pick up my AK47 way before I called the police. I would get better results. The police are to occupied running up and down 85 handing out tickets.
Benny M January 24, 2014 at 06:19 PM
What about the incident a few weeks ago about a man in a truck following a girl home from Dacula High School, could any of this be related?
Stacey Matsche January 24, 2014 at 11:55 PM
Any thoughts of a town hall meeting? We as a community need to come together and protect our children, all our children. We as a community need to be PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE and regretful.


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