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Kennesaw Police Search Scene of Attempted Abduction

A man attempted to abduct a 10-year-old girl Saturday night in a wooded area between Sumit Wood Drive and the tennis courts at the Westover subdivision.

The Kennesaw Police Department today will return to a wooded area where a man attempted to abduct a 10-year-old girl as she played Saturday night with a friend.

According to a police incident report, a man with a black hoodie, black pants, blue ski mask and yellow gloves grabbed the girl on her left ankle in a wooded area between Sumit Wood Drive and the tennis courts at the Westover subdivision. The girl screamed, broke free and ran toward her friends. But the 6-foot-tall man reappeared and and grabbed the girl's arm, an officer wrote in the report.

"Juvenile 1 stated it did not seem as if the subject was trying to pull her," the officer said. "He was only squeezing when he grabbed her and said nothing."

Ultimately, the man let the girl go. She ran to the tennis courts, where she hid with another friend before running home. Kennesaw Police were notified of the incident at about 7:22 p.m. Saturday.

Officers searched the wooded area, but there was no trace of the man, according to the report.

They returned Monday and found a collapsed tent in the woods, said Officer Scott Luther, the spokesman for the Kennesaw Police Department.

"It's been out there for awhile," he said. "It had debris such as leaves and sticks inside it. And the leaves around it were all fresh, meaning nobody had stepped on them and crushed them."

Other than the tent, "we haven't really found anything (else) in the woods," Luther said. "We searched today a pretty good bit."

He urged people to "be very familiar with (their) surroundings" if they plan to walk in heavily wooded areas or places where other people can hide.

WSB-TV on Monday identified the girl in the attempted abduction as 10-year-old Karalynn Davis.

“I'm happy,” she said, “that I got away.” 

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a October 09, 2012 at 11:28 PM
It's alarming no comments are here until now. First, Kennesaw Police are easing our minds with "We searched today a pretty good bit." --- WHAT??!?! A PRETTY GOOD BIT?!! No, it should be, "WE SCOURED THE AREA FROM TIP TO TOE, AND CALLED THE FBI TO FIND WHAT WE NEEDED TO PURSUE OTHER LEADS." Another note, Kennesaw police as quoted "Juvenile 1 stated it did not seem as if the subject was trying to pull her," the officer said. "He was only squeezing when he grabbed her and said nothing."....HE WAS ONLY SQUEEZING??! As if that's OK?! I felt like Kennesaw was a safe place until I hear the dismissing words of the emergency action that is required, which does not appear to have happened, as a result of this crime. Should our own children be abducted before a full fledged investigation is enacted? Or is an attempted abduction enough for us to WAKE UP!
Cathy Costarides October 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM
We recently had a young man sleeping in a blue tent (Sept 2012) behind our club house and pool in West Cobb. I spotted him, called HOA who then had the police come over and checked him out. The police did nothing to my knowledge. A day or so later the guy was gone. The boys in our neighborhood said that the guy was very aggressive with them if they rode their bikes down there and would chase them. Glad to read the girl got away! Every neighborhood needs to have the men in that subdivision routinely go down to all the clubhouses, pools, playgrounds and make sure that no one is living back there. Make it unfriendly for them as possible!
Concerned Citizen October 26, 2012 at 08:55 PM
That's what happens when the PD chases off all of their good officers. The Crimes Against Children detective they had a year ago would have tracked this down to the nth degree. The detective unit they have now is a joke and just there to collect a paycheck. Pathetic.

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