Two Alerts about Suspicious Driver incidents

You may have already seen at least one of these, but there have been several reports of suspicious drivers in recent days.  These may not be related.  Be on alert and be sure to talk to your kids about what to do if they are approached.

Lake Claire (Connecticut Ave.)

Atlanta police officials released a sketch of the man believed to have attempted to kidnap a 12-year-old Lake Claire girl as she walked home from school.

The March 12 incident occurred around 4:10 p.m. near the intersection of Connecticut and New York avenues.

The victim told investigators the man, driving a silver SUV, pulled up alongside her and offered a ride.

She declined and began walking away but the man put the vehicle in reverse and tried to follow her.

He gave up when other motorists approached the intersection.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404.577.TIPS (8477).

(From the East Atlanta Patch)

Sycamore Dr. Decatur:

Suspicious Driver Approaching Children in Sycamore Dr. Area

Please be on the alert for a green honda station wagon driven by a white male in his late 40’s. This afternoon on the Dekalb end of Sycamore Dr. (coming from Church St.), this man caught the attention of a neighbor walking toward Church St. because he slowed to a stop as he neared a young girl. The child didn’t indicate a problem, so after the man drove past the child, the neighbor resumed walking until he heard the child’s mother calling after him, asking if he’d noted the car’s tag. The mother told the neighbor that the man had pulled into their driveway and atttempted to call the young girl over from her front yard. The mother spotted it and went outside, and the man quickly backed out and headed down the street toward Decatur. The neighbor called 911, and a Dekalb officer responded, took the information, and said that they would patrol the area.

The mother said that this man has been spotted driving slowly through the area in the same vehicle over the last two weeks, and that this also occurred with another child (thwarted).