HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Hendersonville mother had the scare of her life after a man allegedly exposed himself to her 9-year-old son and attempted to abduct him.
But thanks to the child’s quick response, police arrived shortly after the incident and arrested the man, 23-year-old Giovanni Qointanilla.
It happened at 9:30 a.m. on June 10 when the boy was riding his scooter down the sidewalk.
His mother, who has two other children as well and doesn’t wish to be identified, told News 2 her son has rules. The 9-year-old is only allowed to ride so far in either direction of his home.
He was able to run home and tell his soon-to-be stepfather a man exposed himself and tried to grab him.
“He said something gross just happened, and [my fiancé] said, ‘What was that?’ and he told him and [my fiancé] called the police immediately,” the mother explained.
“We never thought it would happen to us,” she also said.
Police arrived quickly and arrested the 23-year-old, who claims to be a fast food worker and lives in another neighborhood.
Qointanilla was charged with indecent exposure and criminal attempt to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.
“It’s really scary,” the mother-of-three said. “All of the ‘what ifs.’ What if he had gotten a hold of him? That’s the question that really bothers me.”
She told News 2 her son appears to be doing all right after the incident.
“He seems to be doing pretty well. He is coming to me more often,” she added.
The Hendersonville mother said she all parents can learn from the situation by making sure they talk to their kids and have an open line of communication.
Qointanilla was booked into the Sumner County jail under a $500,000 bond.
Police said the 23-year-old is still in jail and has no history of serious felonies. They want anyone who has had an interaction with him to call Hendersonville police at 615-822-1111.