BREMEN, Ga. (AP/WAOK) – Police say a 25-year-old parolee tried to abduct a 7-year-old girl from a west Georgia Walmart store. Bremen police Chief Keith Pesnell says Thomas A. Woods of Austell grabbed the girl and tried to leave the store Wednesday, but he let her go when she fought back.
Police put out an alert with a description of Woods’ car and he was caught by police about 10 miles west in Tallapoosa. Pesnell says Woods faces a charge of attempted kidnapping and more charges are likely.
Police say Woods started talking to Brittney Baxter in the toy aisle of the Wal-Mart and then grabbed her and put his hand around her mouth. Brittney managed to get away after she kicked and screamed, and the man let her go, police said. Neither she nor her mother, who was nearby in the store, was injured.
Woods was out on parole after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in DeKalb County. Pesnell says Woods was being held in the Haralson County jail and would likely appear before a judge Thursday.