Police: Man wanted for kidnap attempt after following teen home from Walmart

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A 23-year-old man is wanted in connection to an attempted kidnapping after he allegedly followed a woman home from a Walmart in Buford, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The Gwinnett County Police Department said Jamez Maclin is wanted for felony kidnapping and misdemeanor battery. Police said Maclin followed a 19-year-old woman home around midnight after parking behind her in a white BMW at Walmart.

"I didn't see him following me closely, I just saw him really far away and thought he was maybe a neighbor,” the Georgia Gwinnett Student told FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor.

When the woman got out of her vehicle in her driveway, police said Maclin grabbed her from behind.

"He pushes the door, he gets inside if my house. He is grabbing his pants with one hand like he had a weapon and I just started screaming saying, what are you doing, leave me alone, get out of my house," the teen exclaimed.

The woman screamed, and her mother came running to the door. Maclin released her and fled the scene, according to authorities.

Officers located a white BMW in the parking lot. The woman told police that the suspect who was the registered owner of the vehicle was the person who tried to kidnap her.

As officers responded to Walmart during the initial response, the suspect walked into the store and then out of the store, ultimately fleeing the area on foot, according to police.

On Thursday, police said Maclin attempted to report his car stolen from an address in Buford. Police responded to the location and were unable to find the suspect at the scene.

Police believe that he reported the car stolen to cover up the fact that he used the vehicle during a kidnapping attempt.

"They are going to catch him. You don't do people like this," the victim said shaking her head.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number(s): 17-078528