PALMDALE (AP) — Authorities allege an 81-year-old registered sex offender tried to lure a 12-year-old girl into his car near Palmdale, and he’s now under arrest on suspicion of attempted kidnapping.
The Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Keith Holmes, of Pearblossom, was held Sunday on $1 million bail.
The statement says the girl was walking as her parents watched from a distance Saturday when Holmes pulled up and asked if she wanted a ride, and stayed next to her after she refused. He sped away as the mother confronted him, but she got his license number and he was later arrested.
Deputies say they found evidence in Holmes’s vehicle showing an intent to kidnap, but would not elaborate.
Holmes is on probation after two convictions for molesting or annoying a child.
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