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Dog defends girl against man
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A girl’s dog came to her rescue Monday evening when a suspicious stranger approached her and grabbed her by the arm.

Statesboro Police Capt. Jared Akins said SPD officers responded just after 5 p.m. Monday to the area of Cone and West Parrish streets, where a 14-year-old girl said she was accosted by a man she did not know.

The teen was walking her dog on Cone Street when the man, described as a “very thin white male, 5’9”, with a blond beard and dirty brown hair,”  approached her and asked her name and age, he said.

The juvenile girl ignored the man, but he “grabbed her by the shoulder and arm” and said “he was talking to her,” Akins said.

At that point, the dog, whose breed was not stated in reports, lunged at the man and tried to bite him, he said. The man then fled the area.

Statesboro Police K9 units, as well as Det. Sgt. Patrick Haralson, responded to the scene, but the offender was not located. The girl was uninjured.

Anyone with information on who the man may be is asked to contact Haralson at 912-764-9911 or leave an anonymous tip online at









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