Attempted kidnapper thwarted by quick thinking kids

Attempted kidnapper thwarted by quick thinking kids
Investigator Adam Lamb (Source: WALB)
Investigator Adam Lamb (Source: WALB)

PELHAM, GA (WALB) - Pelham police are crediting quick thinking and good parenting in the arrest of a suspected kidnapper.

Police said that the suspect tried to kidnap three siblings in broad daylight in Pelham and is now behind bars.

A morning walk to the neighborhood Boys & Girls Club quickly turned frightening for three kids.

"This is a small community, a close community. This is the first one I've worked," said Investigator Adam Lamb with the Pelham Police Department.

Lamb said that a club faculty member called 911 and reported a man tried to kidnap three children as they were walking Wednesday morning.

"What they told us is that he slowed down to talk to them and told them, 'Hey get in the car,'" explained Lamb. "They said he was very friendly looking, smiling and waving, 'Get in the car.'

But what the 8, 10 and 11-year-old children did next is what ultimately saved them from danger.

"The middle child goes, 'Why?' And he goes, 'Because I'm going to take you with me.' That's when they were all like, 'Run,'" said Lamb.

The kids ran about 100 yards to the Boys & Girls Club. But the investigator said the suspect wasn't giving up that easily.

"Went down the street and turned around," explained Lamb. "I guess he was going to talk to them again, but he couldn't find them. They were gone."

When police arrived at the club to speak with the kids, the children gave a good description of the man and the car he was driving. He was later identified as Shashi Krishna, 49.

"They were aware and aware enough to know that, 'Hey we need to know pay attention to everything and not just try to get away.' And they did," said Lamb.

Later that day, investigators located Krishna. He has now been charged with three counts of criminal attempt to kidnap.

"Their description was good, the vehicle was great.  They gave a lot of detail, so we knew exactly where, and we went and picked him up," said Lamb.

Police said that it's important to tell your kids to be aware of their surroundings at all time.

If kids are walking to a location, parents should try to make sure they're in a group.

Also, tell kids to remove their headphones or other devices that could distract them from what's going on around them.

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