PALMDALE (CBS) — An 80-year-old registered sex offender is accused of child annoyance in Palmdale.
Police say Keith Wayne Holmes was driving his tan-colored sedan near 85th street in Pear Blossom when he began following a 12-year-old girl.
They said he tried to persuade the girl to get in his car but she refused.
Officials say the girl’s parents witnessed the alleged incident, wrote down his license plate number and called police.
Deputies later pulled Holmes over and identified Holmes as a registered sex offender with previous arrests for molestation.
Holmes told CBS2’s Ann Sterling that he never spoke to any child today and that he was only in his car to go check his mail. He told Sterling, “I didn’t talk to no little girl. I didn’t talk to no…little…girl. Period. No. So help me, God.”
Holmes, who turned 80 a month ago, is in police custody, but currently at a Palmdale hospital for high blood pressure.
Deputies reportedly found duct tape and rope in the suspect’s vehicle.
He told the Sterling the rope and duct tape are for boats that he has for sale.