WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man accused of trying to kidnap three teenage girls on their way to school in Worcester had several items including ropes, pliers and duct tape in his backpack when arrested.
A judge on Thursday set bail at $500,000 for 22-year-old Fredy Cruz, of Worcester.
On Wednesday, police said two 15-year-old girls and a 14-year-old reported being approached and grabbed at by a man they didn’t know.
Police said Cruz was arrested on Thursday morning after being spotted riding a bicycle in the area where the incident occurred the previous day.
The Telegram of Worcester reports Cruz pleaded not guilty to several charges at his arraignment.
A defense lawyer said Cruz was “shell-shocked” by the allegations and noted that police initially described the suspect as a man in his 50s.