PTC cops ID man taking photos of kids, seek warrant
UPDATED Monday, 7:15 p.m. — Peachtree City Police have identified the probable would-be photographer whose approach to some children playing near the Braelinn ballfields Saturday afternoon upset some parents.
A magistrate judge is reviewing the matter to determine if probable cause exists to issue a warrant, said Police department spokesperson Rosanna Dove Monday afternoon.
Dove said that on March 5 between 4:50-5:20 p.m. a suspicious male approached several juveniles and asked if he could take their pictures.
Dove said the report by parents on March 5 noted that the man proceeded to take pictures with what is described as a “nice digital camera.”
Dove said the mothers of the juveniles were nearby and saw what was happening. As they walked towards the male to confront him, they stated that he quickly walked away, Dove said.
The man was described as white, in his late 50s to 60 years of age, approximately 5-feet-8-inches to 5-feet-10-inches in height. He was also described as heavy set with a protruding stomach, with a white or gray beard that is well kept and approximately three inches in length. Dove said the subject is bald on top, with shoulder length white/gray hair that is curling upwards on the ends beginning around his ears.
Dove said the man was wearing a white t-shirt with blue lettering on the front, blue jeans and a bright red jacket.
Dove said police were notified and responded to the location. Immediately after the incident, officers searched the area, but were unable to locate a subject fitting the description, she said.
Additionally, residents in the area were interviewed and none could remember seeing a man meeting this description in the Mark Style area, Dove said.
From the time of the incident through the evening of March 6 officers were directed to patrol the cart paths and roadways of the Braelinn area in an attempt to locate the subject or locate a resident who may have witnessed someone fitting the description. The man was not located during these saturated patrols, said Dove.
Dove said officers identified the man and met Monday with a Fayette County magistrate judge to explore the potential for charges to be filed.
“The judge has taken the information under advisement and is currently conducting research into the law and actions taken by the suspect. When a decision has been reached by the judge, investigators with the department will be notified and an update will be released,” Dove said.
If anyone has information that would assist the Police Department in this or other incidents, please contact the Peachtree City Criminal Investigations Division at 770-631-2510, or the Crime and Narcotics Information Hotline at 770-487-6010. You may remain anonymous.