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NC man arrested, accused of trying to lure 12-year-old girl

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GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A Gaston County man is accused of attempting to kidnap a 12-year-old girl outside Gastonia.

Investigators arrested and charged Ricky Townsend, 28, with attempted second-degree kidnapping, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gaston County police said last week they received a report of a man who offered a girl money and then tried to grab her by the arm while she was riding her bike on Goble Street.

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