Registered sex offender accused of kidnapping, criminal attempt kidnapping

Virgil Pitts
Virgil Pitts

By Mackenzie Patterson - bioemail

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - A registered sex offender is in custody facing kidnapping and criminal attempt kidnapping charges after being accused of forcing a child into his vehicle.

News Leader Nine sat down with his mother, Davidell Pitts, who said her son is innocent.

"He left me no note or nothing, and I didn't know where he was.  I sat there until 10 o'clock, and I still didn't know where he was.  And, finally, the telephone rang, and it was him.  He called me to tell me where he was," said Pitts

Virgil Pitts, 67, had been arrested by LaGrange Police and taken to the Troup County Jail Friday night where he is still being held.  LaGrange Police said it goes back to Thursday evening when some neighborhood kids were riding their bikes outside Pitts' home on Houston Street in LaGrange.

Police said according to the kids, Pitts approached them, grabbed one of the children, tried to grab another, but failed.  Then forced the one child into his vehicle and drove a short distance before telling the child to get out.

But, his mother does not believe it saying her son never left the house that night.

"We just watched television and he fixed us supper.  He cooked supper, and we ate supper, and then we just stayed at home," said Pitts.

Police told News Leader Pitts admitted to putting one of the children in his vehicle.  They said there were differences in Pitts' story and the children's, like how Pitts approached the group, but according to police, both stories agreed that Pitts placed a child in his vehicle.

LaGrange Police said for Pitts, a registered sex offender, any contact with children is not allowed.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Sex Offender Registry, Pitts was convicted in 1998 for child molestation and served a prison sentence in Georgia until 2004.

But, his mother still holds that her son did not do anything wrong in both incidents.

"He's a very honest, and would do anything he can for anybody.  In fact, he's too good to people," said Pitts.

LaGrange police said he did not try to harm either one of the children from this week's incident.

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