Attempted kidnapping and child molestation in Gwinnett County

NORCROSS — The Gwinnett Police Department is working to locate 62-year-old David Ruiz, who is accused of attempted kidnapping and child molestation at Colonial Place Apartments in Norcross. 

Officers were dispatched to a “crimes against children” call at 9911 E. National Circle in Norcross.

Ruiz is described as a Hispanic male, about 5’5” – 5’7” in height, weighing between 170-200 pounds, with black and gray hair on the side.

According to police, at about 4:45 p.m. on Friday April 8, Ruiz drove a Mercedes Sprinter van with Georgia tag TCN5467, in front of the victim’s home while the child was playing outside with other children.

Police say Ruiz had the child follow him to a stairwell out of view of other kids and attempted to have the victim come with him to the silver Mercedes Sprinter van.

Detectives are asking anyone with information that may lead to the identification of the male to come forward. Witnesses are encouraged to call Gwinnett County police investigators or Atlanta Crime Stoppers with any useful information.      

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 Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

Case Number:  22-0029886

Reminder: Crime articles contain only charges and information from police reports. Suspects and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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