LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett police have tied a man to a string of lurid encounters near The Forum shopping center in Peachtree Corners this week that included an attempted abduction at a bookstore.
Kennedy Miranda, 37, is charged in Gwinnett with criminal attempt to commit kidnapping, simple battery and public indecency. After learning his identity, investigators found Miranda at the DeKalb County Jail; he’d been picked up Tuesday evening by Dunwoody police for innapropriately touching a woman at Perimeter Mall, police said.
Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said investigators are trying to determine where Miranda is from, but they believe he was using the alias of a man whose silver BMW he was driving. The car was not stolen, Ritter said.
The incidents at The Forum began Sunday afternoon, when a 20-year-old Alpharetta woman in the magazine section at Barnes and Noble was approached by a man who grabbed her arm and said, “You’re the one, come with me.” The man attempted to drag her away but a witness intervened. He then bought a coffee and drove off in a silver BMW with Indiana tags, police said.
Two days later, at a women’s clothing store called Festivity, the same suspect approached several women, making explicit comments about having sex with them before driving away about 12:45 p.m. in a silver BMW, Ritter said.
A half an hour later, the suspect pulled up to a 25-year-old woman walking in the area with three children. She ignored him at first, but then saw him masturbating in the car and ran away with the children, Ritter said.
Investigators learned the vehicle was registered to Maximo Chavez, of Lafayette, Ind., whom they quickly excluded as a suspect. Miranda had used his name as an alias, Ritter said.
Three hours after the last incident in Peachtree Corners, Miranda was arrested when he allegedly touched a woman in the ladies room of a department store, said Dunwoody police spokesman Sgt. Michael Carlson. He was charged with disorderly conduct and providing a false name.
“The victim wasn’t there upon our arrival, or there may have been more charges,” Carlson said.
Police ask anyone with further information to call Gwinnett County Police Department detectives at 770-513-5300. Specifically, police want to know where Miranda was staying, who his friends and family are and who else he may have victimized, authorities said.