Sevierville police investigating attempted abduction

By Michael Williams

The Sevierville Police Department is investigating an alleged attempted abduction and purse theft that was reported Saturday, August 9. The incident occurred when an 11-year-old female victim was approached by a white male as she was getting coffee at the snack bar at the Great Smokies Craft Fair on West Dumplin’ Valley Road in Kodak. According to reports, at approximately 12 p.m. the man approached the youth and accused her of stealing. He explained to her he was with security and asked her follow him outside so that he could check inside her purse.

The youth followed the suspect outside at which time he attempted to grab her hand and attempted to grab her purse. The victim ran back inside the building where she found her mother.

Craft Fair security was notified and searched the property but was unable to locate the suspect, who was described as a white male, 35-45-years old, bald, approximately 5’8” tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a white t-shirt, camouflage shorts and sandals. Security called the Sevierville Police Department who conducted an investigation.

SPD officers located a business within the building that had a brief security video that appeared to show the victim walking behind the suspect. Investigators were able to get the proper software to view the video Monday, but attempts to produce a suspect picture of sufficient quality were unsuccessful.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to contact SPD Detective Lieutenant Sam Hinson at 865-868-1751.

The SPD cautions citizens to be wary of individuals who claim to be security persons or police officers who are not in uniform and do not produce proper identification. Juveniles especially are cautioned to verify the identity of non-uniformed persons and not to go anywhere with such persons, but instead to immediately notify a parent or guardian.

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