MONROE — Bond was set at $100,000 today for an 18-year-old homeless man accused of attempting to kidnap a 7-year-old Monroe boy by pulling him into a wooded area on South Monroe Street near Jones Avenue, authorities said.
Devin Turner was arraigned at Monroe County District Court on a charge of unlawful imprisonment, a clerk at the court said. Mr Turner was ordered held in lieu of the bond at the Monroe County Jail pending the next court appearance. He did not post the bond and remained at the jail, according to a booking sergeant at the jail.
Monroe County sheriff deputies said the 7-year-old had ridden his bicycle to the area with a group of his friends to eat in a fast-food restaurant between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, and that the suspect had joined with the boys and eaten with them. After they finished eating, the suspect and the 7-year-old rode ahead of the group and the suspect allegedly tried to drag the boy into the wooded lot south of the Kroger shopping plaza on South Monroe Street in Monroe Township.
The 7-year-old was saved by one of his friends, a 14-year-old boy, who saw the alleged attempt and pushed the suspect away, deputies said. The suspect claimed to be the 7-year-old’s father, but the group of boys ran away and informed their parents of the incident that had occurred, the sheriff’s department said.
The parents contacted authorities, who found the suspect sleeping in a tent in the area Sunday morning.