By Clint Parker
Weaverville area – The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an attempted kidnapping on Hamburg Mountain Road, just outside of the Weaverville Town Limits.
The incident occurred on Wednesday, May 22, at around 2 pm when a 14-year-old girl went to retrieve her dog. The dog had gotten loose, according to the mother whom the Tribune spoke with about the matter. The mother asked not to be named in order to protect the identity of her family. She also said this is not the first time this has happened.
“She went…and picked the dog up and turned around and that guy was face-to-face with her,” stated the mother. “This is the second time this has happened.”
She said the first time was about two months ago at the same location. “She was out there playing…he [the suspect] stopped in the middle of the road and said something like ‘Hey cutie, you want to go with me and party…she immediately screamed and ran.”
She said she jumped in her car and headed toward Weaverville looking for the man and called the police, but was unable to locate the vehicle or man.
According to the mother, this time, he had pulled to the edge of the road and had the back car door open and then grabbed the teenager’s arm. The mother said she had taught her daughter some defensive techniques to get away and that the girl was able to break the hold and run.
The suspect is described as a black male, appears to be 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5’9 to 5’10, and appeared to have gauged earrings about the size of a dime or a nickel in his ears previously, however, he was not wearing them during this last incident.
A press release from the sheriff’s office said that the suspect “may also have had a tattoo on his hand near his knuckle,” but the mother said that it was more like a tattoo on the side of one of his fingers. “He was last seen wearing a red jacket with a hood or a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The suspect was last seen in an older model four-door black sedan that had an orange paw hanging from the mirror,” the release went on to say.
If you have any information regarding this incident or recognize the person involved, please call Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050, information can be left anonymously.