Anyone who had contact with man who allegedly grabbed children in park asked to call police

Anyone who had contact with man who allegedly grabbed children in park asked to call police

April 21st, 2017 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

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Dalton, Ga., police arrested a man Wednesday night after multiple parents complained he was chasing and grabbing children in a park.

According to a release, 48-year-old Jeffrey Melvin Bishop began approaching children near the playground at Al Rollins Park on Threadmill Road around 6 p.m. Parents told investigators Bishop chased their 3-year-old daughter around a swing set, telling her she was pretty.

A woman said Bishop also touched a boy, but the boy and his parents left the park before police arrived. A 10-year-old boy said Bishop grabbed him by the wrists and asked him to come to the woods with him, but the boy refused.

Later, according to the release, Bishop grabbed a 9-year-old boy by the arms. The boy fought to get away, but he couldn't wiggle free until his father confronted Bishop.

The boy's father told Bishop officers were on their way. According to the release, Bishop tried to run. But officers found him soon after on Thornton Avenue near Cedar Street. They said he was drunk.

Dalton police charged Bishop with battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, first-degree cruelty to children and pedestrian under the influence.

Anyone who has had contact with Jeffrey Melvin Bishop is asked to call the Dalton Police Department.


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