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Carjacking case goes forward with kidnapping charge included
Man accused of attempting to take car with toddler in it
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Eric Davidson and Brett Willis, a public defender, listen to the proceedings in the Hall County Magistrate Court on Monday morning during a committal hearing for Davidson. Davidson was charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted motor vehicle hijacking, attempted armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of methamphetamine. - photo by Erin O. Smith

A Gainesville man accused of an attempted carjacking told police he thought the victim had been following him for days, according to testimony Monday.

Eric Timothy Davidson, 27, appeared in Magistrate Court on Monday to answer to charges of attempted kidnapping and attempted armed robbery from alleged incidents July 1.

Gainesville Police Officer Kelly DeLong testified Monday about the two separate incidents on Browns Bridge Road.

Before noon on July 1, police received a call about Davidson allegedly approaching a man at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market gas pumps.

The victim told police the man asked for his wallet, keys and cellphone and said he had a gun. DeLong said the victim did not see a gun but shoved Davidson away.

Down the street, a woman was vacuuming her car at Xtreme Clean Auto Spa with her 2-year-old son in the backseat of the vehicle, DeLong said.

According to DeLong’s testimony, Davidson allegedly approached and said, “Get the kid out. I’m taking the car either way.”

The officer said Davidson “was accusing her of following him for the past few days.”

The woman fought with Davidson as he allegedly attempted to unbuckle the child’s seat. Witnesses around the scene initially thought the issue was a domestic incident, police said.

On the attempted kidnapping charge, police allege that Davidson put the car in drive. As Davidson got out of the car and attempted to walk away, authorities said, two employees of the car wash detained Davidson until the police’s arrival.

During a search, DeLong said officers found a revolver and methamphetamine.

“As soon as we observed it, he immediately was telling us it was ‘fake meth,’” the officer said.

On cross-examination, Davidson’s attorney Brett Willis asked about the movement of the car when Davidson reportedly put the car in drive. The officer said the camera surveillance did not show the car moving.

Willis argued against the kidnapping charge based on his client’s statements.

“There’s no intention to take this child,” he said.

The case was sent on to Superior Court as charged.

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