Cops nab man accused of abducting girl near DeKalb high school

It didn’t take long for DeKalb County authorities to arrest Alvin Joiner, a 60-year-old man accused of abducting a 14-year-old girl near Miller Grove High School earlier this month. 

All they had to do was wait for him to return to the scene. 

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Joiner was taken into custody Thursday after DeKalb police’s vice, narcotics and gang unit staked out the school, Channel 2 Action News reported. He matched the description of the police sketch released following the Feb. 6 abduction. He remains in the DeKalb jail on charges of kidnapping and enticing a child for indecent purposes. 

Student Rynesha Lucas told Channel 2 she’d “seen (Joiner) delivering newspapers” at the school. Officials have not released his occupation. 

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Authorities say Joiner forced the girl into his SUV while she walked to her high school. The girl recorded Joiner’s lewd comments before she said he let her go, Channel 2 reported. 

Similar cases were reported in December, involving three other female Miller Grove students who reported encounters with a male who matched Joiner’s description. Detectives are investigating if he is connected to those cases. 

For now, Lt. Christopher Rorey told Channel 2 he is glad Joiner is arrested: “To know that we eventually caught the suspect and got him off the streets, the neighborhood can be a lot safer.”

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