Police investigating 2 attempted child abductions near DeKalb neighborhood

Two attempted child abductions were reported in a Panthersville neighborhood Saturday, police said.

The children’s parents told police that a man with a grey beard and woman who is missing teeth attempted to grab their kids at the Exxon gas station off Columbia Drive, according to a DeKalb police incident report, which was obtained by Channel 2 Action News.

The first incident involved Joshua Thomas’ son and his friends, who are 9 to 10 years old, Channel 2 reported. Thomas said the children were hanging out at the gas station when the man and woman in a green Honda Civic approached them.

“He was trying to give him money,” Thomas said. “If they took the money, (the suspects) tried to get them in the car.”

Offers of drugs and money didn’t work, which is when the woman allegedly tried to grab one of the kids, but the children ran away, the news station reported. Thomas and his wife called police once his son told him what happened.

“I’m a father,” Thomas said. “I have 10 children and a granddaughter, so it’s scary when you got someone in your neighborhood trying to get your kids.”

The report mentions the same suspects attempted to grab another child in the same neighborhood except they were in a different colored car this time.

As of Tuesday night, no arrests have been made. An investigation is ongoing.

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