Jamez Maclin, seen here in his driver’s license photo, surrendered to police on charges he tried to kidnap a woman after he followed her home from a Walmart in Buford.
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department

Man charged in attempted kidnapping of woman leaving Gwinnett Walmart

The man suspected of following a woman home from Walmart and trying to kidnap her from her doorstep is now behind bars.

Jamez Maclin, 23, turned himself in to Gwinnett County police Monday afternoon and was booked into jail on charges of kidnapping and misdemeanor battery.

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A 20-year-old woman was shopping at a Walmart in Buford shortly before midnight on Aug. 23,  and was followed home by the driver of a white BMW. When she tried to open her front door, the driver came up behind her and grabbed her, attempting to pull her towards him and away from the house. The woman screamed and her mother ran to the door; the driver fled and drove away in the white BMW.

Police found the BMW back at the Walmart on Buford Drive; the car was registered to Maclin. The victim also identified Maclin as the man who grabbed her, police said. Maclin attempted to report his car as stolen the following morning, but police believe he did so to cover up the attempted kidnapping. 

Bond information was not immediately available from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

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Police are actively searching for the man they said tried to force his way inside the woman's home.

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