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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A North Lauderdale man was taken into custody after he reportedly picked up a Margate girl on her way to school.
Jose Laurence, 58, was arrested Monday. He’s been charged with luring/enticing a child under the age of 12 and battery.
The incident happened Friday, April 29th, in the 6600 block of Southgate Boulevard.
Around 7 a.m. Laurence pulled up beside the girl and reportedly offered her a ride to school. The girl, who confused Laurence for a family member, got in his SUV. She soon realized she had made a mistake.
While driving, Laurence asked the girl if she wanted to go to his place, according to police.
She said no.
A short time later her dropped her off near her school. Just before she got out, Laurence gave her a hug.
Margate police the girl was not harmed during the time she was in the vehicle.