DeKalb police search for child snatcher

DeKalb County police are warning parents and their children living along the North Hairston Road corridor to be on alert following the two incidents.

In the most recent incident, Sunday around 8:30 p.m., the man grabbed a 9-year-old girl who was walking through the breezeway of the Stonebridge apartment complex, DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said.

Investigators say the man dragged the girl to a wooded area nearby before she was able to escape by kicking and screaming.

Police say the man was wearing all black, with black Nike shoes and a black mask.

On Feb. 21, around 7:30 a.m., an 11-year-old girl was walking from the Stonebridge complex to school with friends when they noticed a man following them.

He later tried to grab the girl, but she and her friends screamed and were able to fight the man off, police said.

The girls reported the incident to school officials, then to police, Parish said.

Investigators have described the suspect as a 30- to 40-year-old black man between 5-feet-5- and 5-feet-10-inches tall with dreadlocks.

It is unclear if the individuals described in the two incidents are the same man, Parish said.

"At this point we are unsure if it is the same person," she said. "In the second case the suspect wore a mask so it only a vague description."

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call DeKalb police at 770-724-7850.

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