George GravesWow. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Two sanitation workers happened to be working nearby when an alleged kidnapping was thisclose from taking place. If it weren't for them, a 10-year-old kid could have been abducted by a man and had god knows what else happen to him.
Alfreda Clark and Mary Baggett were making their rounds when the boy basically ran into them. "Are you all right?" Clark asked. "No," he shouted. "He's chasing me." The women looked up and saw a man run out of an alley. The women took the boy into their car and called the police. They then brought him to a friend's house, where he called his father.
But what happened before this poor kid ran into the women is pretty damn frightening.
According to reports, the boy was walking down an alley on his way to school when he bent down to tie his shoe. He turned around and noticed a man allegedly rushing toward him. The boy then took off running, and the man chased after him. He, thankfully, then ran into the women, and the man, George Graves, was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping. Graves also has prior arrests for aggravated battery to a child, violating an order of protection, heroin manufacture or distribution, and marijuana manufacture or distribution, according to police. (Lovely.)
The fact that this boy happened to run into these women could not be more of a godsend. Who knows what would have happened had they not been there? And they actually may have saved future kids from being kidnapped, as well. If Graves did intend on abducting this boy, who's to say he wouldn't do it again?
Sometimes things just work out. Right place, right time. And that's nice. Thank god these women were where they were when this happened -- and thank god they were kind enough to help this boy out. Yay for happy endings.
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