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Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:52

Newton Man Accused of Attempting to Lure Girl into Car with Candy

Malcolm Devonte Bodie Malcolm Devonte Bodie courtesy of Catawba Co. Sheriff’s Office

21-year-old Malcolm Devonte Bodie of South Main Avenue in Newton was arrested by Newton Police yesterday (April 2) on a charge of attempted second-degree kidnapping.

Events leading to Bodie’s arrest began at about 6:20 last night as a female juvenile walking north on South College Avenue was approached by a suspect as she approached the parking lot at Jump Automotive on East ‘B’ Street in Newton. The victim was able to run into the business and have someone call 9-1-1.

Prior to their arrival, Newton Police Officers were told that a black male driving a white Chevrolet Impala attempted to lure a female juvenile into the backseat of his car using candy. As Officers responded, a Newton Police Investigator who was leaving the Police Department’s parking lot noticed the suspect vehicle traveling south on Main Avenue in Newton.

Additional Patrol Officers were requested and the suspect vehicle was stopped in a parking lot at 12 North Main Avenue. Officers talked to the driver, Malcolm Bodie, and determined that he was the suspect in the attempted kidnapping. Officers took Bodie into custody and transported him to the Newton Police Department. During a pat down of his person, a Blow Pop was found in Bodie’s pants pocket.

The victim was transported to the Children's Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County where a forensic interview was conducted. As a result of the interviews with the victim and the suspect, Bodie was charged with attempted kidnapping.

Bodie was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility and held under a $50,000 secured bond. He’ll make a a first appearance in District Court tomorrow (April 4).

The investigation is ongoing.

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