A convicted sex offender wanted for kidnapping an 11-year-old boy from his school in Florida has been arrested in Cartersville today, two days after the boy was found safe.
Authorities say Frederick Fretz was apparently hitchhiking along Main Street near Interstate 75. Police say Fretz picked up the boy at Dunnellon Elementary School in Dunnellon, Florida, last Tuesday and headed north.
Emerson, Georgia police say a person phoned police this afternoon with a tip that Fretz appeared to be hitchhiking on the side of the road.
Fretz was arrested without incident at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and was
being held in the Bartow County Jail.
Fretz's drive with the boy ended when his car stalled on an exit ramp off Interstate 75, just north of Atlanta. The discovery of the abandoned car Friday triggered the search for Kirkirt, which ended less than 12 hours later.
Emerson police received a call that day when Fretz and the boy went to a store to buy a gallon of water and some candy, Powell
said. The boy was found about two miles from the car, and ran toward
police as Fretz fled into the woods and eluded police.