Man tries to kidnap 3-year-old at Gwinnett thrift store

It has to be one of the scariest moments ever for parents of young children. You’re out in a public and your little one is right there beside you.

Then in a second, they’re gone.

That’s exactly what happened to a Gwinnett County family shopping in a thrift store recently, Erika Byfield with Channel 2 Action News reported Tuesday. Wearing his super hero cape, 3-year-old Erik Evans was looking at toys at Park Avenue Thrift off Lawrenceville Highway.

His father, Josh, was nearby, but wasn’t facing the child, he said.

“I had my back turned and then a customer came over to me and asked me if it was my son and I said, ‘yes.’ She said that I needed to go get my child,” Josh Evans told Byfield.

Turns out that dad had turned his back just long enough to allow a man in a bright green shirt to offer the boy cash and pick him up, and it was captured on the store’s surveillance camera. The Good Samaritan likely kept Erik from being kidnapped because she charged after the man.

Lilburn investigators are hoping the man’s picture will help identify him. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Lilburn police.

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September 11th, 2012
9:20 pm

Thank GOODNESS for the GOOD Samaritan!


September 11th, 2012
9:33 pm

The Lilburn Police should provide a close-up of this man so we can see him better. Let’s get the creep off the streets.


September 11th, 2012
9:41 pm

Parents, Watch Your Children! I see young parents letting there kids roam in stores, walk around restuarants and go to the bathrooms by themselves all the time! It’s frightening to think what could have happened if this guy had taken the boy. Way to go to the lady that noticed and got involved!!!


September 11th, 2012
10:04 pm

Does law enforcement plan on releasing a close-up or enhanced version of same picture? Be nice to see culprit a little closer up.

danielle foster

September 11th, 2012
10:17 pm

Another example of how fathers should not be left alone with their children.


September 11th, 2012
11:13 pm

Danielle, do the world a favor a go hang yourself until you stop breathing so you’ll stop making stupid statements


September 12th, 2012
12:33 am

Danielle – what happened to you that you hate your dad so much?

Me Too

September 12th, 2012
12:55 am

Danielle, you seem to be a little mixed up here. I am not trying to take pot shots at women here, but trying to making a point to this bitter woman. Let’s look at recent news about children – Girl get abducted in Canton and killed. I believe she was under her MOTHER’S care? The MOM that was so exhausted she didn’t realize her child got out of the apartment. Of course let’s not forget about the jaywalking MOM and her child. Do I need to go on, Danielle? At least this child in this story HAS a FATHER in their life, unlike some many that don’t! Next time, think about it before you write a stupid comment.

What the What?

September 12th, 2012
5:57 am

Wow it never ceases to amaze me that NO MATTER WHAT the story is someone always find a way to turn it into a racist comment section or negative. Really Danielle???? You should probably seek counseling. My ex brother-in-law is a MUCH BETTER parent than my sister.

Please get over yourself!



September 12th, 2012
7:20 pm

Hello Mr. Officer, Thanks for the picture but we can’t see his face. I am sure you can do better than this. With a better picture I am sure someone may able to identify this creep so we can get him off of the street.

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