Lafayette

May 11, 2012 7:18 PM by Maddie Garrett

Attempted Kidnapping Spurs Investigation Into Similar Incidents

A Lafayette man is accused of attempting to kidnap a 12-year-old boy who was walking home from a bus stop.

Lafayette Parish Deputies arrested 41-year-old Jonathon Rogers Thursday. Rogers told deputies he was only trying to offer the boy a ride home, however deputies said Rogers did not know the victim and his motives seemed suspicious.

Rogers remains in jail on a $75,000 bond. Meanwhile, the sheriff's office is now investigating similar incidents.

Around 3:00 pm, two students get off the bus from Charles Burke Elementary on Pennington Street. But Thursday, one was stopped and asked to get into this black truck by Rogers.

"Approaching a 12 year old kid who he had no knowledge of, didn't know where the child lived, and is claiming to wanting to offer the child a ride home. That's not a very good decision for an adult," said Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office Captain Kip Judice.

Judice said the boy became fearful and ran home and told his mother what had happened. She immediately called the Sheriff's Office.

"Deputies were able to locate the man just a few houses down from the residence where it occurred and were able to find quite a few holes in his story terms of his motives," said Judice.

One thing that made deputies even more suspicious is the fact that another girl was walking home across the street at the same time and Rogers did not offer her a ride as well.

Captain Kip Judice said there have been other reports of children being approached after getting off of bus stops in the area.

"We're looking into any possible connections, we haven't established any at this point and don't know that there will be any," he explained.

The boys parents declined an interview, however they said they hope more children and parents will also report suspicious activity.

 

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