Two men arrested in child sex sting

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Two people have been arrested in Gwinnett County in connection with an FBI-led investigation of child sex predators.

Douglas Stevens, 53, a trucker from Ontario, Canada, was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to have sex with a 10-year-old girl. Brad Hatter, 41, of Kennesaw is accused of trying to have sex with a 9-year-old.

Arrested elsewhere in Georgia and Florida on similar charges were Geoff Profeta, 48, of Vero Beach, Fla.; Haleem Babar, 36, of Woodstock; and Timothy Cox, 53, of Covington.

The arrests were part of a joint investigation between the FBI's Safe Child Task Force, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office and other metro Atlanta law enforcement, according to a press release by the FBI Atlanta office. The task force targets child sex predators and producers and distributors of child pornography.

Man attacked by pair of robbers

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A 23-year-old man was attacked by a pair of robbers Sunday who tried to stab him and run him over with a car, according to a police report.

The victim was walking in the former Charles Club Apartments off Sweetwater Road at 3 a.m. when a black car pulled up beside him and two unidentified black men got out.

The suspects started punching and kicking him while trying to take his wallet, the report said. One of the robbers tried to stab the man with a knife, but the victim deflected the blow and received only a deep scratch to his side.

After the robbery, the robbers tried to run over the victim, however he was lying next to a curb so he only suffered "road rash" from a tire. The victim was treated at Gwinnett Medical Center for minor injuries.

Dacula woman a victim of extortion

•DACULA - A Dacula woman was contacted Monday by a man who demanded $12,000 in exchange for the safe arrival of her two brothers to her residence.

A Houston man who handles illegal immigrants after they cross the border from Mexico called the victim, saying her two brothers had been in the country for five days, according to a police report. The man threatened to turn in the brothers, ages 38 and 22, to immigration officials or do something else with them if he didn't receive the money.

The woman sent $200 to her brothers through a wire transfer company, but she told police that she feared for their safety.

- From staff reports