SOUTH FULTON, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Police are investigating a frightening encounter with a stranger after a family reported to police that their 10-year-old was followed from the bus stop.
"Somebody started running out of the corner and chasing me ... I was thinking what may happen if he did catch me," said fifth-grader Anthony Kahler, who tells FOX 5 the terrifying ordeal of trying to run from a stranger.
The encounter happened Wednesday afternoon after Anthony got off the bus near the intersection of Will Lee Road and Valley Brook Drive in the City of South Fulton.
Anthony told FOX 5 News, he saw a stranger run at him and come out of the bushes. The young man knew he needed to run away as fast as he could.
"I just kept running," Anthony said, even calling out for his dog, pit-mix Biscuit, and his neighbor's 140-pound Cane Corso named Pedro.
"They started barking and the man disappeared," he said, running straight into his home to his uncle.
Uncle Kenyetta Drain called 911 immediately and alerted neighbors.
"He did what I told him to do – which is, run for your life. I'm proud of him. I couldn't be any prouder," Drain said.
"I want the parents to know – if your kid is out, it's that easy to grab them," the concerned uncle told FOX 5 News to warn other parents during spring break.
Police said they are unsure about the stranger's intentions, and investigating if any other children have had similar encounters.
The man is described as medium height, slim build, in his 20s and wearing a black hoodie.