COVINGTON, Ga. -- A Newton County neighborhood is on high alert after police say a man apparently tried to take an 8-year-old girl from a playground on Saturday.

Covington police said that around 5:30 p.m. that day, a "white male wearing a mask and gloves" attempted to take the girl from the playground at Wellington Ridge Apartments.

Police said the girl was able to get away and run for help and added that the suspect apparently ran into the woods.

Now the department is asking anyone with information - especially those with trail cameras that may have captured the suspect - to contact them so that the investigation can move forward.

The department is also on increased alert regarding suspicious people near any playgrounds.

Those with tips in either situation are asked to contact Det. Kara Hipps at 678-625-5555 or by e-mail at

The investigation is filed under case number 17-032839.