Threat of kidnapping deemed a mixup

by Wes Mayer

A man suspected of an attempted kidnapping of an elementary school girl Wednesday from a Coweta County school bus was never actually a threat and the situation was just a mix-up, according to authorities.

The man approached a school bus on Bennett Street Wednesday around 3 p.m. asking for a girl by name and claiming he was her uncle, said Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs with the Newnan Police Department. The man was waiting on the street when the bus drove up, but because the bus was not at one of its designated stops, the driver did not allow him to pick up the girl.

As it turns out, the man was only looking for his girlfriend’s granddaughter, who had a similar hair style and a similarly sounding name to a different girl on the bus, Riggs said. The man had permission to pick up his “niece,” but she was not on that particular school bus.

According to Riggs, the driver drove down the street to the next bus stop to let off the similarly-named girl. The driver made sure the similar-named girl got safely inside her home, and the mother later notified police. Riggs said the man followed the bus on foot because he believed the driver made a mistake or his niece missed her stop.



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