Man arrested for trying to lure girls into car with money claims he was in jail at the time

Man arrested for trying to lure girls into car with money claims he was in jail at the time
Jarvis Johnson, 38, has been arrested and charged with one count of abduction of a child. (Source: WPD)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A man accused of approaching several girls near GLOW Academy and trying to lure them to his car with money appeared before a judge Friday, denying it was him.

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department are looking for a man accused of approaching several girls near GLOW Academy Tuesday shortly before 2 p.m., trying to lure them to his car with money.
Officers with the Wilmington Police Department are looking for a man accused of approaching several girls near GLOW Academy Tuesday shortly before 2 p.m., trying to lure them to his car with money. (Source: Wilmington Police Department)

Jarvis Johnson, 38, was arrested for one count of abduction of a child, according to WPD. Despite the verbiage of the charge, police clarified that he was not successful in abducting anyone.

Police believe Johnson was the person driving a black Chrysler 300 with chrome rims and dark tinted windows near the school shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Johnson, however, told the judge Friday that he can prove he was in jail at that time. He has a criminal history with a number of drug-related convictions.

“I got proof I was locked up,” Johnson said in court. “I got transported to New Hanover County Jail between 2 and 4 o’clock. I was already in the county before, like 2:00, sir.”

The judge told Johnson he would receive a court-appointed attorney. Despite the judge’s advice not to speak about the case until his attorney could look at it, Johnson asked to get on pre-trial release with an ankle bracelet because of his children.

The judge denied Johnson’s request and gave him a $50,000 secured bond with an additional condition that he cannot go within 1,000 feet of the GLOW Academy property line. His next court date is Nov. 21.

Police have increased patrols near the school and in the immediate area.

Authorities are reminding parents to caution their children about getting close to strangers or their cars, adding that bad people do not always look mean or scary. Adhere to the strength in numbers rule - don’t walk anywhere alone and don’t take shortcuts through the woods, a back street or empty lot.

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