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Man lunges at girls on scavenger hunt

Man lunges at girls on scavenger hunt

CANTON, Ga. -- A group of 5th grade girls on a neighborhood scavenger hunt for a birthday party were confronted by an older man in a car. It happened in Canton earlier this week.

"He kind of stumbled at them when he got out of the car and said 'you!' as he came toward them and of course they took off," said Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

The girls were unharmed, but the Sheriff's Office is now doing extra patrols in the area to be safe. They said the man may have been angry over something, or had no intention of abducting anyone. But to be on the safe side, they're treating it as an attempted abduction until they hear his side of the story.

"It's disturbing, you get a lot of people coming through the neighborhood trying to look at the development," said neighbor Kathie Trudeau. She saw the girls running through the neighborhood and tried to help. "You just never know, you have to be safe and keep an eye out."

Suspicious man chases girls during scavenger hunt

Suspicious man chases girls during scavenger hunt

CANTON, Ga. -- Cherokee County Sheriff's officials are working to find a man accused of chasing three young girls while they were on a scavenger hunt at a birthday party.

The girls were walking down Parc Drive in Canton for the scavenger hunt on Mar. 2. One of them, a 10 year old, told police that a man got out of a car and began to chase them.

The girls ran into the nearby woods and back to the house where the party was taking place. The homeowner called 911, but investigators were not able to find the suspect, according to Cherokee Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker.

The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, with dark hair. He was driving a small four-door silver passenger car, possibly an Audi, Jetta or Honda, with some scratches and small dents, and dark tinted windows. The last three numbers of the tag may be 697.

Mother cries for help finding son's alleged killer

Mother cries for help finding son's alleged killer

CANTON, Ga. -- It has been two weeks since Sherry Garland said goodbye to her son Zach Rose as he walked out of the door of their Canton home. Zach Rose told his mother to watch over her grandson. That's what Zach called his pet Great Dane Mathias. Garland never saw her son alive again.

Garland spoke to 11Alive News, going public for the first time since her son's murder. It was difficult for her, but she wanted to do it because the man wanted for her son's murder is still on the loose. "We need him off the street before somebody else's family is devastated, before another life is stolen," she said. "This is like the hardest thing ever."

Shane Demetrice Woods, 22, aka "Yung Slim ABG", is wanted by Alpharetta Police, and he is believed to be armed and dangerous. This isn't the first time Woods has been in trouble with the law.

Suspicious van spotted at 2 crime scenes

Suspicious van spotted at 2 crime scenes

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A mysterious white van was caught on camera near the scenes of two recent burglaries in Cherokee County.

Cherokee County's Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said the first robbery happened at around 4:30 a.m. Thursday at the Chevron on Bells Ferry Road at Towne Lake Parkway.

Surveillance video showed a suspect getting out of the van, breaking a window in the convenience store and attaching a strap to the ATM inside.

When the suspect drove away, the strap broke and he ended up leaving the store with nothing, Baker said.

The second robbery happened about half an hour later at Sweetwater Store on Knox Bridge Highway.

When the same suspect broke the front window of the store, an alarm sounded and he drove off, according to Baker.

The suspect appeared to be a white man, while the van is described as a white early 90s-model Ford with a tire on the rear roof and damage to the right rear quarter panel above the tail light.

Brother-in-law arrested for Canton shooting

Brother-in-law arrested for Canton shooting

CANTON, Ga. -- One man is in the hospital and his brother-in-law is in custody after a shooting in Canton Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting happened at around 2:20 p.m. on Lakeview Road, according to Canton Police Ofc. Pacer Cordry.

The victim, 30-year-old Hector Hernandez, was shot in the chest and taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he remains in stable condition Thursday, Cordry said.

Cordry said Hernandez was shot by his brother-in-law, 32-year-old Heriberto Munoz-Juarez, after the two got into an argument.

Munoz-Juarez was arrested at his Canton home Thursday morning.

Hospital increases security after suspected assault

Hospital increases security after suspected assault

ATLANTA -- A Canton man is behind bars for allegedly sneaking into a hospital patient's room with the intent to sexually assault her.

Noble Elder, 52, has been charged with sexual battery and criminal trespassing.

According to the police report, the victim's daughter is a nurse at Atlanta Medical Center. She went to check on her mother around 5:30 a.m. and found Elder inside the room, trying to take off her pants.

It's still not clear why Elder was at the hospital or how long he had been there.

The hospital would not discuss the incident, agreeing only to release a statement that said in part, "The safety and security of our patients are our top priority, and we take these matters very seriously. We have enhanced our security and will only allow authorized visitors to patient floors after hours."

The hospital would not say how it planned to screen visitors at the hospital. Normal visitation hours are from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.