Investigators hope sketch IDs man suspected in attempted abduction

Cherokee County investigators hope a GBI sketch released Thursday will help identify the man accused in an attempted child abduction in Woodstock.

A student at E.T. Booth Middle School was waiting on the school bus Tuesday morning when he was approached by an unknown man in a white SUV, the sheriff's office and school system said.

The attempted abduction happened around 8 a.m. on Deer Hollow Drive in the Wyngate neighborhood in Woodstock, police said. The boy refused to get into the SUV and returned home.

The vehicle was described as a white, two-door SUV with possible red paint, rust or red dirt at the bottom of the driver side door, according to Cpl. Darin Downey with the sheriff’s office. The SUV was described as resembling a Mercury Mountaineer, but the tag number was not known, Downey said.

The man was wearing sunglasses with a circular frame and had a black tattoo on his left bicep described as a possible tribal tattoo, the child told police. The man was wearing a grayish-brown T-shirt that may have had the sleeves partially cut off.

The sheriff’s office has asked residents to be on the lookout for the vehicle and the driver. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 770-928-0239.