A Marietta man has been arrested and charged with enticing a child and criminal solicitation after allegedly trying to purchase a 7-year-old girl from a grandmother at an east Cobb Kroger.
The grandmother told Cobb County Police she was with the child at the Kroger at 2100 Roswell Road near North Marietta Parkway Monday at about 7 p.m. She became concerned when an unknown man began following them around and making inappropriate comments, she said. At one point, she told police, the suspect offered to buy the girl for $200.
The grandmother told investigators she had encountered the same man before, and that he had offered her $100 for the granddaughter at the Wal-Mart at 210 Cobb Parkway.
“The grandmother confronted the male when he asked to purchase her granddaughter at the Kroger, and a ‘large crowd’ of shoppers chased the male through the store and to his vehicle,” said Officer Sarah O’Hara in a statement. “Detectives were able to follow up at the male's residence and arrested him that day.”
The suspect is Einodd Samimi, who was born in Iran in 1955 and currently lives near the Kroger, according to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department.
He is being held at the Cobb Adult Detention Center on $20,000 bond.
This incident remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Cobb County Crimes Against Children unit at 770-801-3470.