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Police release sketch of suspect after boy snatched from yard, released unharmed

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A 9-year-old boy was snatched from his yard in southwest Atlanta, only to be released unharmed later in East Point. And police late Wednesday night have released a sketch of the man who allegedly took him.

But it’s still unclear why the child was kidnapped and then released.

Around 9 p.m. on Monday, officers were called to a home on Fairburn Road regarding the missing child, according to Atlanta police.

“Upon arrival officers were advised that the child had gone outside to retrieve a tool after cleaning out his dog's cage,” police spokesman Officer John Chafee said in a news release. “When he did not return the guardian went looking for him and then called police.”

Officers were canvassing the area, searching for the child when the boy’s guardian received a phone call around 10:30 p.m., Officer Chafee said.

The call was from the child. He said he was at a residence in East Point. Investigators responded to the address and recovered the child.

He told police that while he was outside, a vehicle pulled up and the driver forced him inside.

“He was driven around for a while and then dropped off in a residential neighborhood in East Point where he then knocked on a door and called the guardian,” Officer Chafee said. “The child was not physically harmed during the incident.”

The boy, identified as Willie Myrick, said he was snatched after spotting and stopping to pick up some money on the ground in his front yard, according to Channel 2 Action News.

"I was walking by the tree; I picked up the money and a man got out of his car and threw me in his car," Willie told Channel 2.

Police said the suspect appeared to be in his 20s and was wearing khaki shorts and a white T-shirt with a Nike logo. The man had a tattoo on one of his biceps, and was driving a gray, four-door Honda Civic.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-8477.

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