Man Charged with Attempted Kidnapping

(Thursday, June 21, 2012) The Gwinnett County Police Department Homicide Unit conducted an exhaustive investigation in identifying and charging a man responsible for an Attempted Kidnapping and Public Indecency at or around “The Forum” located at 5141 Peachtree Parkway within the city limits of Peachtree Corners (Formerly unincorporated Norcross) within Gwinnett County.

On Sunday, June 17th at approximately 4:55pm, a 20 year old female from Alpharetta was in the magazine section at Barnes and Noble when a “middle eastern looking” male grabbed her by the arm and said “You’re the one, come with me” and attempted to drag her from the store. The victim began yelling for help when a witness intervened and pushed the suspect away from the victim. The suspect left the area in a silver BMW displaying a license plate from Indiana.

On Tuesday, June 19th at approximately 12:45pm another incident occurred at Festivity located at The Forum. The same suspect approached several women and made explicit comments regarding having sexual relations with them and was last seen driving a silver BMW with an Indiana license plate.

Later on Tuesday, June 19th at approximately 1:15pm, the suspect approached a 25 year old female that was walking with 3 children in the area of Wentworth Dr. and E. Jones Bridge Road. This area is in close proximity to The Forum. The suspect pulled up next to the victim and attempted to speak with her as she walked with the children. The victim ignored him and he continued to follow. The victim then looked at the suspect and observed him masturbating in his car. The victim ran away with the children and the suspect drove off in a light gray passenger car.

During the investigation it was learned that the vehicle was registered to Maximo Chavez. Investigators quickly learned that the registered owner was not connected to any of the incidents within Gwinnett County and that his name was used as an alias for the suspect, 37 year old Kennedy Miranda. At this time investigators are looking into where he is from. His address is unknown at this time. Investigators learned that Mr. Miranda was arrested by Dunwoody Police the evening of June 19th at Perimeter Mall for Disorderly Conduct and Providing False Name. (Please contact Dunwoody Police regarding the details of arrest). Our investigators developed probable cause to charge Mr. Miranda with Criminal Attempt to Commit Kidnapping, Simple Battery and Public Indecency.

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