MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Police Department is confirming what many have suspected for nearly a week. A man who shot and killed himself in an Atlanta standoff is the same man who attempted to abduct a young Montgomery girl on Easter Sunday.
Police officers traveled to Atlanta over the last week to interview witnesses and to compare video of the suspect's SUV captured on a local church's cameras to that of now deceased James Scott Carringer.
Carringer, 42, killed himself in a standoff with Atlanta police on Thursday, April 8 after allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old Kennesaw State University student. The woman, apparently a relative of Carringer's, was abducted from a shopping center in the Kennesaw area.
Church surveillance tapes show pixilated images of the SUV.
The case instantly drew the attention of Montgomery police because of the nature of Carringer's assault in Georgia and because of the unique vehicle used in that crime, a black Nissan Xterra SUV with specialized wheels, running bars and luggage rack.
Just days earlier Montgomery police started a manhunt to find an SUV that looked exactly like that description after cameras at Hunter Station Baptist Church captured it at the center of the near abduction of a 10-year-old girl.
The girl and her younger brother were trying to hide Easter eggs at the church when Carringer drove past, circled back and invited the two to talk with him. Video shows him pushing the young boy, throwing the girl into the SUV and pulling out of the parking lot. The little girl jumped out of the moving vehicle and ran for safety. She and her brother escaped unharmed.
"The wife of the individual had indicated that he left home for two or three days at a time," said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange. He went on to say authorities believe Carringer targeted the girl at random.
Montgomery police say the case is all but closed, though not officially. A few loose ends need to be tied up, including finding out where Carringer was between the Easter Sunday attempted abduction and the Thursday abduction in Atlanta.
Authorities say there is a possibility the man may have targeted other victims during that time.
"All I could think about was, 'what if,'" said church member Pat Furr.
"There are so many things that could have happened, but I'm so thankful. So thankful."