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Cops: Woman fabricated attempted kidnapping of child

Pamela Strong

Pamela Strong

LILBURN -- Police say a woman who claimed to thwart an attempted kidnapping at a Lilburn thrift store fabricated the whole incident.

Lilburn police spokesman Capt. Ben Haynes said Tuesday that Duluth resident Pamela Ann Strong had been arrested and charged with false report of a crime, a misdemeanor. She had not posted $5,700 bond as of Tuesday morning.

Strong's arrest comes almost three weeks after she told police that a man -- described as a 40-year-old white male with a large belly -- approached a young boy at the Park Avenue Thrift Store on Lawrenceville Highway. She reportedly told the boy's father, and later police officers, that the "suspect" lured the boy out of the toy department with money and grabbed the child by the arm.

Strong said she approached the man, who fled without anyone noticing his direction or mode of travel.

In a follow-up interview late last week, Strong allegedly confessed to making up the story.

"Strong stated she never saw the suspect touch the child or attempt to grab the child," Haynes said. "She stated she fabricated the story because she was upset the child's parents let him look at the toys by himself and were not watching him."

The toy section where the incident had allegedly occurred is out of the range of the store's camera system, authorities said at the time.

Strong was arrested at about 1:15 p.m. Monday.

"The department spent several man-hours trying to locate this (original alleged) suspect," Haynes said. "The department takes these types of reports extremely serious and when this was initially reported other investigations were dropped to focus on this one. To later find out this was a fabricated story is extremely disappointing."

Comments

R 2 years ago

Gotta ask why she didn't get the 4 to 6 weeks to self report ...

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TOWG 2 years ago

This woman is still in jail? I hope someone bails her out before she eats the county into bankruptcy.

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justamom 2 years ago

It is a huge problem in Lilburn that parents leave small children unsuprevised in stores (especially Goodwill and Walmart). Its normal to go to Walmart and see small children riding tricycles around the store. Maybe Ms Strong let it go too far, but if she got some parents to think more about protecting their kids from child predators, she may actually save another childs life.

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BurritoJones 2 years ago

I can't fault her good intentions either. Despite her costing the county considerable time and money, she only meant to help. I think the judge should call it even and let her out.

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news2me 2 years ago

Lying to the public about something of this magnitude is flat out wrong. She most likely created more of a problem than a solution. She profiled a business, that could cost them, in her lies as well. Besides, now that these lacking parents know that NO predator exists, they are more than likely to continue with letting their children run lose. The attention is now on Strong and her lies and not on protecting children. Epic failure in my opinion.

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BuzzG 2 years ago

"described as a 40-year-old white male with a large belly"

That should cover about 20% of Lilburn.

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