Man to Appear in Court in Connection with Bay Creek Park Abduction Attempt

The Lawrenceville man charged with attempting to abduct a child from Bay Creek Park in Loganville Sept. 17 will appear in court at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Oct. 3

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.


Sharon Swanepoel September 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM
James, if you have information that can go on the record showing the other side of this story, please let me know. I can be reached at sharon.swanepoel@patch.com
Helen September 24, 2012 at 06:37 AM
First of all, this man is a family man that denied seeking mental help. The boys hands that he is accussed of grabbing was wearing a #8 white grayson rams jersey. His son that evening was wearing a #8 white grayson rams jersey on the practice field. In the accusser mind he thought the boy hand that he was holding was his son. It was stated that when he was approached and asked does he know the boy. The man state "I am his father". The other parents never report that he was also carrying his daughter when he was holding the other 9 yrs old boy hand. The mother of his 3 kids tried to get him help because this man showed signs and symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia but he refused to get help. It's so awful that it had to come to this point in order for him to get the help he needs.
Mario Pierre October 09, 2012 at 11:30 PM
This man is innance his hard work man it just mistake anybody could could make
Otis The Town Drunk October 09, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Tammy Osier October 09, 2012 at 11:53 PM
If what they are saying is true, there are fine points of the law that prevent anyone from forcing him to take medication. You cannot in this state (unless it's changed), commit someone for treatment, UNLESS, he becomes a danger to himself or others (this might be such a case). Schizophrenia is one of those things that can be controlled by medication, but unless someone take their medication, the ywill remain in that state. It's a real oxymoron when it comes to that disorder.


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