Less than 1 percent of the more than 25,000 missing children cases reported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2018 involved non-family abductions, according to police.
“In this particular case the child had been educated by his parent on what to do if/when approached by a stranger,” Rakestraw said in a news release. “Furthermore, the child was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect to his mother. As a result, Marietta officers were able to quickly locate and arrest the offender before he could attempt this crime again.”
The department is urging families to stay vigilant and educate children on child self-defense.
Beltran is being held without bond in the Cobb County jail. Marietta police are asking anyone who recognizes the man and may have had similar encounters with him to contact Detective Mark Erion at 770-794-5363.