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Police: 2 men stop hijacking suspect attempting to take car with child inside
Eric Davidson
Eric Timothy Davidson

A Gainesville man allegedly attempted last week to hijack a car with a child in the backseat, police said.

Eric Timothy Davidson, 27, was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted motor vehicle hijacking. He was booked in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

Before noon Friday, Davidson allegedly approached a man at the Browns Bridge Road Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market near the gas pumps. According to the warrants, the suspect is accused of demanding the man’s “wallet, keys and cell phone by threat” of a firearm “which was located in (Davidson’s) shorts pocket.”

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said Davidson left the scene on foot as officers were dispatched to the Wal-Mart.

At the nearby Xtreme Clean Auto Spa, a woman was vacuuming her Toyota Yaris at the Browns Bridge Road car wash, police said.

“She had her child in the backseat, who was restrained in a child safety seat,” Holbrook said.

According to the warrants, Davidson was allegedly fighting with the owner before putting “the car in drive in an attempt to leave the location with said child.”

“Two male subjects witnessed the accounts and intervened,” Holbrook said. “They initially thought it was a domestic dispute between the two parties, but they soon found out that was not the case.”

Holbrook said the men detained Davidson until police arrived. Police found a revolver and a quantity of methamphetamine on his person, according to the warrants.

Holbrook did not know whether the men were connected to the business.

Davidson was additionally charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of crime, possession of methamphetamine and attempted armed robbery.

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