Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, are searching for a man who attempted to abduct a teenage girl after following her in his car to her home, reported WSB-TV.
The 19-year-old teen, who wishes to remain anonymous, described to police that she noticed a white BMW parked behind her when she returned to her car at the local Walmart parking lot on Wednesday evening, Aug. 23.
As she drove home, she noticed that the same car was following her at a distance, and then parked down the street from her house when she arrived home.
The teen describes that just as she unlocked her front door to let herself in, “As I’m turning around to close it [the door], he’s coming right over here, just running,” she said.
“He said, ‘Just come on,’ and that was enough for me to know he wanted to take me,” she told WSB-TV.
The teen described that the strange man grabbed her with one hand, “He’s holding his pants like he has a gun or a weapon. He was worried too much about holding his pants that he just grabbed me with one hand,” she said.
She believes that if he had used his full strength, he would have been able to get her outside of the house.
As she was screaming and attempting to get free, the teen’s mother came running to the door, and the man then released the teen and ran away, leaving the teen with a scratch on her arm.
The police identified the man on Thursday when they linked the attempted kidnapping to a report of a stolen car that morning from an address in the same suburb.
The police arrived at the property where the car was reported stolen to find that the 23-year-old man, Jamez Maclin, had fled. Police are now searching for Maclin. He has been charged with kidnapping and battery.
Authorities don’t believe that the man and teen knew each other before the incident.
The teen told WSB-TV, “I don’t feel free as much anymore, because I feel like someone else is like out to get me.”
“He knows the police are after him so he might try to take revenge. I don’t know what this man is capable of. If he was capable of getting inside my house, I think he’s capable of anything,” she said.
Anyone with knowledge of Jamez Maclin can contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.