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Police: Naked man admits trying to catch, rape children
No children harmed
Jarred Woodruff
Jarred Woodruff


A father of four tackled a naked man in a local park Thursday night after the suspect chased children. The suspect later admitted trying to kidnap and rape the kids, police said.

Jared Shane Woodruff, 23, was entirely nude as he chased the children in the Fair Road Park playground area off Max Lockwood Drive around 7:50 p.m. Thursday, said Statesboro Police Community Information specialist Madison Warren.

When police arrived, they found Woodruff, of Lake Laurie, Valdosta, but currently residing in Statesboro, “sitting on the ground completely naked,” she said. The children’s father was able to “physically subdue and detain Woodruff, pending police arrival, before he was able to physically harm any of the children on the playground.”

Warren said Woodruff was “very cooperative” with detectives and officers, being very forthcoming about his intention and actions. “He gave a full confession that backed the charges” against him, she said.

While police will not release further details due to the investigating being ongoing, Warren said Woodruff’s confession detailed his intent, resulting in the charges.

According to Bulloch County Jail booking records, Woodruff is held without bond on the following charges; four counts of attempted aggravated assault with intent to rape a child; four counts of child molestation; four counts of first degree cruelty to children; four counts of kidnapping and one count of felony public indecency.

Warren was unable to comment on whether Woodruff was suspected to be under the influence of intoxicants or whether he is believed to suffer from a mental illness.

No children were physically harmed in the incident, she said.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.

Anonymous tips may be submitted online at or by texting “TIPSSPDfollowed by your message” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Warren said.


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