The 40-year-old Lawrenceville man accused of attempting to kidnap a child from Bay Creek Park in Loganville on Monday will appear in front of a Gwinnett County judge next month, according to officials. In the meantime, he will remain in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.
Lt. Sean Smith, spokesperson for the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department, said believed to be a Haitian national, is charged with kidnapping. He will appear in Courtroom 1 at the Gwinnett County Detention Center at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 3. Lilburn Attorney Hillary Krepistman has been appointed to represent him.
Souffrant was arrested on Sept. 17, 2017 and charged with one count of kidnapping in connection with an attempted child abduction. The arrest came after a parent from the Grayson Athletic Association called 911 when Souffrant allegedly tried to force a child to leave the park with him.
"Information given by the caller explained that a black male approximately 5’11”, wearing a white t-shirt, blue shorts, glasses and flip flops was acting strange, approaching children at a football practice and trying to get them to leave with him," Detective J.R. Flanagan wrote in a press release. "According to the caller, the suspicious male tried to leave with two separate juveniles; both of which were able to get away from the male and were safe with the 911 caller."
Police said Souffrant was not able to speak clearly and changed his story several times. He was subsequently arrested and booked into the Gwinnett County Detentin Center. WSBTV reported that Souffrant was originally supposed to appear in a Gwinnett County courtroom on Wednesday, but was “too unruly” to appear.