For the second time in two weeks there has been an attempted kidnapping in Jackson County. Here is latest on these stories and some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.
This past Saturday a 17-year-old girl walked along Orange Street near St. James AME Church in Marianna. She told authorities a man in a white sedan cased the area several times before driving alongside her and yelling "get in the car."
The girl was able to run away and report it to the police. This is the second attempted kidnapping in just one week.
Last Monday a woman whose car broke down in the Campbellton area reported that a man in a composite drawing, tried to get her into his vehicle. She was also able to get away. Sheriff investigators have brought in a person fitting this description.
"He's not a sexual predator but he a sexual offender and he is a person of interest,” says Jackson County Sheriff John. P. McDaniel.
There are some things in his past as well as his possession that are also raising some questions.
The victim says the attempted abductor was driving a dark colored pick-up truck. The person of interest has a similar vehicle.
Investigators plan to put him in a line up to see if the victim can ID him. Authorities also have tips on how to avoid becoming a victim. Police say walk in pairs. The buddy system works to deter predators.
They also recommend you always carry a cell phone.
“In today's times most everybody has a cell phone. What we ask you to do is just go ahead and call 9-1-1. If you're broken down we’ll get a wrecker to you. We'll get an officer to you, whatever and that will help with the problems were having today,” McDaniel advises.
If anyone has any information that help lead to an arrest in these attempted kidnapping, please call Jackson County Crime Stoppers at 850-526-5000.