Police say the 13-year-old wash washing his hands last week the man struck up a conversation.

Man accused of trying to molest 13-year-old boy in Perimeter Mall bathroom

Police seek the public’s help to identify a man who attempted to molest a 13-year-old boy at Perimeter Mall last week.

The teenager was washing his hands in a bathroom when a man standing next to him began asking inappropriate questions Aug. 4, Dunwoody police told Channel 2 Action News. He then lured him into the bathroom stall, locked the door and reached for the boy’s pants, police said. 

The victim managed to escape and run to his parents, who were waiting outside the restroom, Channel 2 reported. The teenager’s father then began to chase the suspect out of the mall, but police said he escaped. 

Police released surveillance footage of the suspect walking in the mall. Sgt. Robert Parsons told the news station the suspect may have been stalking the victim through several stores before following him into the bathroom.

“We hope the image is pretty clear and the shirt is pretty clear and that someone will recognize the man,” Parsons told Channel 2.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dunwoody police at 678-382-6900.

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