Madison Man Arrested for Child Enticement

Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2013 --- 12:18 p.m.

Incident report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type: Enticement/Kidnapping

Incident Date: 01/29/2013 - 7:25 AM

Address: Hughes Place

Arrested: William A. Rhode, age 68, Madison
Mr. Rhode was arrested for Child Enticement.

Victim: Female, age 15, Madison

Details: Madison Police arrested a 68-year old man this morning on a tentative charge of child enticement after a 15-year old girl said the suspect tried to coax her into his car. She was walking on Hughes Place around 7:25 a.m., on her way to catch a bus to school, when contact was made.

The student said the man asked her if she wanted to come with him. She ran to her nearby home, and the suspect followed in his car. The girl's mother was able to get a good description of the man, his car, and its license plate number.

Around this time, someone who had heard about the attempted enticement smashed the back window out of the suspect's car, and the suspect drove off. It is not clear, at this time, who broke out the glass. Using information provided by the victim's mother, MPD officers set up of the suspect's E. Gorham St. residence. He pulled in a short time later and taken into custody. He has denied wrong doing, and said he drove to the Park St. area to get fast-food.

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