Po­lice seek help find­ing se­rial stalker on the run in Polk

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

Po­lice are ask­ing the help of the pub­lic in track­ing down a man pre­vi­ously con­victed on stalk­ing charges and who is fac­ing an ad­di­tional charges lo­cally of ha­rass­ing three dif­fer­ent peo­ple in the Rock­mart area.

Polk County Po­lice Chief Kenny Dodd is re­quest­ing help and asks peo­ple to be on the look­out for 54-year-old Keith Fos­ter, re­cently of the Vin­son Moun­tain area, cur­rently be­ing sought on mis­de­meanor stalk­ing charges.

Dodd said Fos­ter was last seen at a convenience store near the Har­al­son County line driv­ing a white Chevro­let pickup truck, and that ad­di­tional po­ten­tial sight­ings have also placed him near the Bar­tow County line as well.

“We’ve got to find him to serve him with ad­di­tional charges,” Dodd said.

Fos­ter is ac­cused of stalk­ing three dif­fer­ent women in east Polk County. He was pre­vi­ously con­victed of mis­de­meanor stalk­ing charges 10 times be­tween Bar­tow, Har­al­son and Pauld­ing coun­ties, along with four dif­fer­ent felony counts of

ag­gra­vated stalk­ing. He also faces three more ag­gra­vated stalk­ing charges in court in Pauld­ing County, and was out of jail and liv­ing lo­cally await­ing a court date.

Based on in­ves­ti­ga­tors ac­counts, Dodd said that Fos­ter se­lects vic­tims in restau­rants and stores and seems friendly at first, get­ting enough in­for­ma­tion out of a po­ten­tial vic­tim to find them on so­cial me­dia.

“He’ll then be­gin to stalk peo­ple on so­cial me­dia, and will send ugly, nasty things he wants to do to th­ese women,” Dodd said. “Some­how he gets their cell num­bers, and will send texts and pictures.”

Dodd added that all his vic­tims thus far met him dur­ing chance

en­coun­ters. “He’s done this in Cobb County and Pauld­ing County and sev­eral oth­ers, and now he’s in Polk.”

He was also ac­cused and tried for mur­der in Cobb County in 1997, but was found not guilty by a jury at the time. His record ad­di­tion­ally in­cluded felony drug

and gun charges, Dodd said.

Fos­ter is a white male, 5-foot10 and 190 pounds and has in the past kept his head closely shaven.

Those who see or know Fos­ter should im­me­di­ately call 911 or the Polk County Po­lice dur­ing of­fice hours Mon­day through Fri­day at 770-748-7331.

Keith Fos­ter

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