PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- A man accused of trying to kidnap a woman at one mall, and exposing himself nearby later, was arrested at another mall for giving police the runaround, according to Gwinnett Police.
Cpl. Edwin Ritter said 37-year-old Kennedy Miranda was arrested at Perimeter Mall on June 19 for disorderly conduct and providing a false name. He told Dunwoody Police officers his name was Maximo Chavez.
Gwinnett Police said that same day he reportedly exposed himself on East Jones Bridge Road near The Forum on Peachtree Parkway.
Two days earlier, police said Miranda grabbed a 20-year-old Alpharetta woman inside the Barnes and Noble at the Forum. As he was dragging her by the arm, police said he told the woman, "Come with me. You're the one."
"At first we thought it was a boyfriend and girlfriend situation," said a 13-year-old witness. "But no boyfriend holds onto someone's wrist that hard."
The witness, whose mother agreed to an interview as long as we concealed her daughter's identity, said the woman was screaming for help as the man pulled her by the wrist. The witness said the suspect was smiling the entire time.
"She was making a lot of noise, trying to get people's attention," the witness said. "He wouldn't let go."
Witnesses said the suspect wouldn't let go of his victim until a fellow witness intervened and shoved the suspect away. Witnesses said even then, the man was smiling and acting as if nothing had happened.
The teen who saw the attempted kidnapping at the Barnes and Noble said after the suspect let go of the woman, he walked to the back of the store and bought a cup of coffee.
"He was looking over his shoulder like, 'I still see you,'" the teen said.
Gwinnett Police have charged Miranda with Criminal Attempt to Commit Kidnapping, Simple Battery and Public Indecency.