JUST IN: PBSO won’t charge man accused of trying to lure kids into car


A man who allegedly tried to lure middle-school students into his car Jan. 12 in suburban Boynton Beach has spoken to law-enforcement authorities about the incident and is not facing any charges, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Students from Somerset Canyons Middle School told PBSO that the man approached them in a silver, four-door vehicle after school and asked them to get in so they could get out of the rain. PBSO said the students told them the man offered them candy, then threatened to call the police when they refused to get into his car.

PBSO learned a week later that the man had called in to the agency on Jan. 12 and left a message reporting what happened. The man said he was trying to get four groups of children out of the rain so they wouldn’t get sick “when they got nasty with me thinking I was trying to hurt them,” PBSO said in a statement.

The man, who is 71 and lives in Lake Worth, told a PBSO detective that he’d rather shoot himself in the head than hurt a child. He also said that he never offered the children candy or threatened them.

The incident was recorded as a suspicious incident, but no charges were filed. Because of the nature of the man’s “overall actions,” PBSO’s Behavioral Services was contacted so they could provide him any assistance necessary, according to an incident report.

The Post is not identifying the man because he was not arrested.



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