Man tries to buy girl from grandmother for $200 at Kroger, police say

A Georgia man tried to buy a 7-year-old girl from her grandmother at a Kroger in Cobb County for $200, police said.

Einodd Samimi of Marietta made the offer Monday night while following a woman and her grandchild around the store on Roswell Road, Cobb police spokeswoman Sarah O'Hara said.

Samimi made "inappropriate comments about the child," the woman told police.

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“The grandmother stated during an interview with detectives that at one point the male asked to purchase the child for $200,” O’Hara said.

The grandmother had seen the man at a Walmart in the 200 block of Cobb Parkway, O’Hara said. At that time, he had requested to "have" her granddaughter for $100.

“The grandmother confronted the male when he asked to purchase her granddaughter at the Kroger,” O’Hara said, “and a ‘large crowd’ of shoppers chased the male through the store and to his vehicle.”

Samimi was arrested Tuesday and is charged with enticing a child and criminal solicitation.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 770-801-3470.

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