A 38-year-old man has pleaded not guilty on charges of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl for sex, attempting to kidnap her and aggravated assault.
Tommy Andrade was ordered to appear at an initial pretrial conference on Dec. 20.
The victim told police she was walking home on South 19th Avenue near Roeser Road on Oct. 25 when she saw a man, later identified as Andrade, sitting at a bus stop wearing a blue jumpsuit and carrying a baseball bat.
The girl said as she passed the suspect, he tried to grab her but she was able to slap his hand away, a court document stated.
The victim said Andrade stood up and grabbed her leg. As he did, she said she was able to break free. The suspect, still armed with the bat, chased after her, officers said.
At some point, the girl was able to flag down a motorist, who picked her up. The motorist, who saw the chase, was later able to confirm the details the girl had described to police.
Officers said they had dealt with Andrade before and believed he was the one described in the incident, according to a probable cause statement.
Officers said they tracked him down and surrounded his home.
The girl was able to identify Andrade as the suspect who had assaulted her during a photographic lineup.
As plainclothes officers were conducting surveillance at the man's home, they saw Andrade leave the house. After a brief foot chase, they caught him and placed him under arrest.
Police said Andrade admitted to contacting the girl at the bus stop for the purpose of having sex.
Officers authorized a search warrant and found the baseball bat and blue jumpsuit at his home.
Andrade was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.
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