The DeKalb County Police Department is searching for a suspect in two attempted child abductions near Stonebridge Apartments on North Hairston Road.
In both instances the female children were able to fight off their attacker after being grabbed while walking near the Stonebridge apartment complex in Stone Mountain, according to police.
DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said police do not know whether the attacker is the same in both cases.
Although neither victim was physically harmed, Parish called the incidents “definitely concerning.”
“In both cases you are…dealing with someone who is very aggressive, very brazen,” Parish said.
On March 4, at approximately 8:30 p.m., a 9-year-old girl was walking to her apartment at Stonebridge when the alleged attacker confronted her in a breezeway and dragged her girl to a nearby wooded area.
The girl was able to escape unharmed by screaming and kicking, according to the police report. She then alerted family members about the incident.
The suspect in this case is described as a Black male, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black pants, black Nike tennis shoes and a black mask.
The other incident, which occurred on Feb. 21 at approximately 7:30 a.m., involved an 11-year-old girl who was walking to school from Stonebridge Apartments with a group of friends who noticed the suspect following them.
The man later grabbed the girl and tried to cover her mouth, according to the police report. The suspect ran away after the victim and her friends screamed and fought him off.
The incident was initially reported to school authorities and later to the DeKalb County Police Department.
The suspect in this case is described as a Black male, 30-40 years old, approximately 5-feet-5 to 5-feet-10 inches tall. The man was wearing a green camouflage, army-styled jacket with a fur hood, blue jeans, black shoes and a dreadlock hairstyle.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call the DeKalb County Police Department’s major felony unit at (770)724-7850.