FBI releases new pictures of attempted abduction suspect | UPDATE

By: WVLT staff Email
By: WVLT staff Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The FBI has released new pictures of the man accused of trying to kidnap a girl from the Great Smokies Craft Fair in Sevierville over the weekend.

The Sevierville Police Department is investigating a possible attempted abduction and theft at the Great Smokies Craft Fair on West Dumplin Valley Road.

Police say an 11-year-old girl told them a white male approached her as she was getting coffee at the snack bar and accused her of stealing. The suspect told the girl he was with security and to follow him so he could check her purse. When she followed the man outside, she says he grabbed her hand and attempted to get her purse. The girl ran back inside to her mother.

"We're certainly glad that she got scared and knew something was wrong and ran So that was great thinking on her part to do that," said Bob Stahlke, Sevierville Police. "We caution everybody, adults, juveniles everybody to be cautious of security, police who's not in any kind of uniform."

The suspect is described as a white male, 35-45 years old, bald, approximately 5'8" and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a white t-shirt, camouflage shorts and sandals.

Officers have released video of the girl and man from a vendor's video footage at the Craft Fair. They hope you can watch it and help them figure out who the man is.

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