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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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Kristi Reed 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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