Police charged a man who allegedly attempted to lure two young girls onto a bus by promising them candy on Monday.
Florida police arrested Damian Fletcher, 32, on Saturday after he allegedly approached the young girls outside the Carver Ranches Branch Library in West Park, Florida, and told them to come onto the bus with him and he'd buy them sweets.
Both children said they did not know Fletcher, and alerted other adults in the area.
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According to the arrest report, Fletcher told the two girls, ages 9 and 11, "I can take you places, come on." The report also said Fletcher tried to physically interact with the girls saying, "I want to give you a hug. Come here and give me a hug."
Police charged Fletcher with two misdemeanor counts of trying to lure or entice a child under 12. His bail is set at $150,000.
In addition to the two misdemeanor counts, jail records show that Fletcher was previously charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Records state that jail officials revoked the bond for the concealed weapon charge because he was violating his probation.
In Florida, the punishment for misdemeanor crimes range from a $1000 fine to a year in jail.
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Officials at the Broward Sheriff’s Office said they think Fletcher may suffer from mental illness, but did not confirm his state of mind during the incident.
The arresting officer said Fletcher told police officials he tried to lure the girls because he wanted to have sexual contact with minors.
Residents of the area said they no longer feel safe knowing Fletcher tried to abduct the two girls.
"Anyone who's plotting on kids, they need to be under the ground," Leroy Brown, a West Park resident, told NBC Miami. "That's what I say about him. Throw away the key, case closed."
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