COBB COUNTY, GA - Neighbors in one part of Cobb County on edge after police say two men tried to abduct a 15-year-old boy at gunpoint. Detectives say it happened Sunday at 2:20 in the afternoon on Bells Ferry Road.
Police say the boy was walking on the sidewalk near the intersection of Bells Ferry and Shiloh Run when the van pulled up next to him.
"The van pulled up, stopped and the passenger pointed a gun at him and told him to get in the van," said Cobb County Police Sgt. Wayne Delk.
Police say the teen saw the gun and took off running in the opposite direction. He got away and no shots were fired. Police say he did the right thing.
"Don't ever, ever allow yourself to be taken away. If you can get away, take your chances and get away," said Sgt. Delk.
Detectives have been searching the area for the two men and the vehicle they were in. They've also been checking surveillance cameras hoping one of them captured an image of the van. The teen described it as a white van with windows with ladders on top. It also had black, block lettering on it, but the boy could not remember what it said.
The teen described the men as being between 40 and 50 years old. He said the passenger was white, the driver was either Hispanic or Asian and bald.
"Thankfully he was able to get away, that's definitely a blessing, it's absolutely terrifying," said Dustin Smith who lives nearby.
News of the attempted abduction spread quickly through social media. Neighbors say it's beyond upsetting.
"Terrifying you can't even trust a kid to go to the gas station without someone coming up and trying to take 'em," said Smith.