November 23, 2019: Detectives are investigating after a suspicious man attempted to pick a 5-year-old child up at 6:30 last night in The Factory at Franklin. The man repeatedly tried sitting near the child before putting his hands under the child’s arms in an attempt to pick him up. The man moved away from the child and left after being confronted by the child’s relative.
The man in question, wearing the pink hat, was in the company of two others, pictured here. They left in an older, dark-colored long, boxy vehicle with a loud exhaust.
While there is no way to concretely know the man’s intentions, the Department takes seriously its responsibility to protect children and to inform the public. If there is any misunderstanding, we hope the man will come forward so we can put the child’s parents and our community at ease about what happened.
Parents are encouraged to use this incident as an opportunity to talk with their children about stranger danger. Anyone with information is urged to contact Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513, or click to submit an anonymous eTip.