Attempted Child Abduction Reported at Bay Creek Park in Loganville

Parents and boosters of the Grayson Athletic Association were advised by email Tuesday of an alleged attempted abduction at Bay Creek Park. A suspect has been arrested.

The Grayson Athletic Association advised parent by email Tuesday of a series of attempted abductions that took place Monday night at Bay Creek Park in Loganville. According to the email, an arrest has been made.

Patch has contacted the police for confirmation and details of the arrest and will update when more details are available."

The email from the GAA to all its members, headed Attempted Child Abduction at Bay Creek Park, reads:

Disturbing event happened at our park last evening that should serve as reminder it can happen anywhere.

Last evening during middle school age group football practices there was a man that attempted to communicate with teenage sibling and a mother of some of our 8th grade players to see if they were alone.  Then later in the evening when it was dark that same man approached younger siblings of other players practicing trying to get them to his car.  Fortunately the mother that was being followed and bothered earlier, saw his attempts and had called the Gwinnett Police Department about this man’s suspicious behavior and they arrested the man before he could leave Bay Creek Park with a 9 year old football player from Grayson that did not know him.

Charges were pressed by the parents and the others that were approached are coming forward also. Turns out there were 4 separate instances where he tried to make contact and potentially abduct children or women at our park that day.

GAA Executive Board and Board of Directors along with Gwinnett Parks and Recreation will be following up on the Gwinnett Police Investigation but we ask that Parents stay vigilant at all times. This is a reminder that this can happen anywhere and by anyone, as it almost did last night at our own Park.

Check back with Loganville-Grayson Patch Wednesday for updates.

Jennifer September 19, 2012 at 02:12 AM
This is disgusting! Thank you to the parents who helped to catch this dirtbag-and thank you Gwinnett Police for doing a fantastic job putting him behind bars.
John September 19, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Lannie September 19, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Praise God this person was caught !! So sorry children don't have the freedom to play outside like I was as a child and not be scared ! We were outside playing until dark and never had to worry about someone trying to abduct us.
Courtney J September 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Ugh. Gwinnett County riff raff spilling over into Loganville. Gone are the days of the quiet, slow-paced life. When I go back into Loganville, I hardly recognize it anymore. It's a mess. :(
Heather Johnson September 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM
We moved out of Gwinnett County because it has gotten so bad, I grew up in Snellville and its horrible how downhill it has gotten. Folks be careful and make sure you know where your children are its pretty scary out there these days!
Gail Lane September 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Let's don't throw all of Gwinnett and Loganville in with this evil man! I'm hopeful that the evidence will keep him in jail and away from our parks and our children. And let's all keep in perspective that children are always at risk of predators and do our jobs as parents to keep them safe.
Shooey September 19, 2012 at 11:58 PM
This should serve as a reminder that sports practice is not a sitter for children. I always stayed to watch my children practice just in case anything happened - injuries, etc. Best not to use this time to run errands. You never know what might happen.
Larry Reid September 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Gail, I agree. It doesn't matter where you live or where you are. Evil people exist. They have freedom to travel making any location a target. No disrespect meant to anyone but we must stay aware of those around us and their actions. Even Jim Carry, in Dumb and Dumber got robbed by a sweet old lady on motorized cart. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3KUEkxkbKc
Sha September 20, 2012 at 02:32 PM
There is no place, area or neighborhood that is exempt from crime. I live in a beautiful subdivision in Loganville and I don't feel that nothing will happen because of where I live. We just have to be mindful of our surroundings and do what we can as parents to help keep our children safe. I actually walk at this park on a regular and see some of the kids unattended during these evening practices that they have and it angers me that some of them are running around unattended, I am like where in the heck are their parents. Don't get me wrong, they should be able to run and play but we live in a world that is not always friendly or safe, so much different from when I grew up. I'm a mom and though my daughters are grown we were always extra protective of them because of the crazy world we live in and it's gotten even worse from when they were younger! I'm so glad they got the creep that tried to get those kids but you know there are more creeps like that out there so parents PLEASE WATCH YOUR CHILDREN!!
Tracey September 20, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I go to this park and allow my kids to play. I let my older child play around that park nearby where I am but my eyes are not on him every minute. When this issue came out I had my children read the email from the GAA and told them it didn't matter if we were at the park, at Publix or they were in school or if a coach or teacher told them they were going to take them home. If I didn't tell you to go with them then you do not go with them. They both said they already know all this and there is no way they would go with anyone with out my prior permission. (although I did give them a list of people I trust that they also already know they can trust in case something really did happen.) so glad the child made a fuss that caused the attention of a person to step in and stop this person.
spkie September 21, 2012 at 01:17 PM
F.Y.I. Courtney. The park WAS in Gwinnett. It could easily be said that it was Loganville's trash spilling over to Gwinnett. Bottom line, SICKOS are EVERYWHERE!!!


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