Police: Man tried to lure girl, 9, into van

Sandusky man charged with child enticement
Courtney Astolfi
Jul 14, 2013

 

A Sandusky man was arrested Friday after investigators determined he recently tried to lure a 9-year-old girl into his van, police said.  
 
William Montgomery, 58, of the 500 block of McDonough St., was charged with child enticement, a first-degree misdemeanor.
 
On July 6, Montgomery approached two young girls who were playing outside near Fallen Timber Drive, Sandusky police said.
 
Montgomery asked the 9-year-old to speak with him privately, but her friend lingered within earshot of their conversation.
 
The girl later told police that Montgomery asked her if she wanted to be his girlfriend, then asked if she wanted to go for a ride. The girl declined the offers, but Montgomery persisted, police said.
 
When he asked the girl to help him with some work, the girl told him no.   
 
At that point, the girl’s older brother emerged from their home and saw Montgomery talking to his sister from inside a van. The girl’s brother alerted his mom, who in turn went to confront Montgomery, police said.
 
Montgomery told the woman he was simply asking for help with a job. When the girl’s mother didn’t buy the tale, Montgomery drove off, police said.   
 
He later returned and began circling the neighborhood, frightening the girls and prompting a neighbor to call police. The girls told officers they recognized Montgomery from around town, but they only knew him as “Mr. Bill,” police said.
 
They also told officers that Montgomery had never approached them in this manner previously.
 
Sandusky detectives questioned Montgomery Thursday and quickly picked up on inconsistencies when recounted the recent events. His van also matched the description the girls provided. 
 
Montgomery voluntarily returned to the police station Friday morning, where officers arrested him. He denied asking the girl to be his girlfriend and also said he did not ask her if she wanted to go for a ride, according to police. 
 
Detectives said they’re checking to see if there are similarities between this case and other incidents in nearby areas.

Comments

Good 2 B Me

Mr Bill?? Oh Nooooooooooooooooooo

kURTje

Stinkin billy.

observer

Trying to lure a young child into your van is only a first degree misdemeanor?

mikeylikesit

now don't go getting any ideas.. but if you do decide to give it a try, offer them candy. kids today don't want to work.

observer

That wasn't even close to being funny. Actually it was sick. My whole point was that I would think trying to lure young children into a vehicle would be a much more serious offense than a misdemeanor! It should be, IMHO!

Just Sayin IMHO

Sorry...I have to agree... That wasn't really funny. Children are being taken and having brutal things done to them. Nothing there to laugh about.

shucks

" kids today don't want to work. "
...................9 years old?

mikeylikesit

I know, I know... pretty low, even for me and my usual low standards..

shatteredimage

This is just a few blocks from my house, tell me why this woman didn't go back inside and immediately call the cops? Where was this girls father at? As a father myself I would have been out the house and whoopin this guy up and down the street.....God I need to get out of this town

candleburner

Shattered - I know both parties here (not sure how I feel about that right now other than heart sick) and I know that the child's father doesn't live in the area. Why her mom didn't immediately call the police I have an idea but I can't really say for sure. Like I said I'm heart sick over the whole situation and I don't know what to think. I don't want to think that it happened but I don't want to believe that the girls would lie on Bill either.

44870 South

@shattered this stuff happens in all kinds of neighborhoods, in small towns, cities, and suburbs across America. There are creeps everywhere. It is frightening, but don't dilute yourself into thinking it only happens here. Far worse things are happening in the places you'd least expect to happen. I agree with you though...this guy would have gotten a serious A** whoopin' if it had been my kid!

kjan2

Lots of bad stuff in Florida. Although things in Sandusky have gotten worse since I lived there.

pptrsha

watered down?