UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): According to a Sheriffs Office press release, the incident occured on March 2 in the vicinity of Parc Drive in Canton, and involved three girls who were part of a birthday party scavenger hunt. The partygoers had split up into teams of three to go on the scavenger hunt. A man exited his vehicle near one of the teams, and chased after the girls. The girls ran into the woods, then returned to the party, where an adult called 911.
Detectives are comparing the description given by the girls with sex offenders that reside in the area.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Cherokee Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for a man who may be attempting to abduct children from the Canton area.
According to Lt. Jay Baker of the Sheriff's Office, a man who lives in a subdivision of Steels Bridge Road in Canton called authorities after his 11-year-old daughter and some of her friends were participating in a birthday scavenger hunt when a man jumped out of his vehicle and began chasing them.
Deputies responded to the call, but the man and his vehicle were nowhere to be seen.
Parents, we would like to make you aware of a situation going on in our area. There has been an attempted child abduction in the area. The suspected car has been seen in various places such as bus stops and gymnastics facilities. The car is a gray sedan with tinted windows...The suspect has gotten out of the car to chase children and attempted to grab individuals. Please be cautious and aware of your surroundings. Call 911 if you see any suspicious behavior. Please be sure that children are not at the bus stops alone in the morning or afternoon.
The suspect is being described as a white male in his late twenties or early thirties, of average build and height, and with dark hair. The man's car is described as a 2000s model silver, four door passenger car, possibly an Audi, Volkswagen Jetta, or Honda, with tinted windows and scratches and dents on the body. The last three numbers of the car's license plate may be 6-9-7.
Detectives are canvassing the area to provide the description of the suspect and his vehicle to residents. Anyone who sees the man or his car is urged to contact 911 immediately.