Man Arrested for Offering Money to 12 Year Old


CHAMPAIGN IL – The suspect who approached a 12 year old girl and offered her money is arrested.  On August 2, 2012, at approximately 3:30 PM, officers were dispatched to the area of Hickory Street and Bellefontaine Street for a male subject who attempted to lure a 12-year-old girl into his vehicle.

The victim was standing at the corner of Bellefontaine and Hickory Streets, with many of her friends, when an unknown man slowed down his vehicle and approached the group. The suspect then followed one of the girls who ran, and offered her money to get into his car. The girl ran home and told her parents. The parents called police with a description of the suspect and vehicle. Ricky A. Smith 51, of Urbana was quickly taken into custody once he was identified.

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