LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — A 63-year-old man is accused of trying to abduct a 12-year-old girl from her school bus stop Tuesday morning in Lincoln County, according to WSOC.
The girl, who ran away to a neighbor and called 911, was able to give police details that helped them identify the man as Ernest Carroll Rose. She was not injured.
The attempted abduction happened around 6:30 a.m. on Bill Sain Road near Vale. Police located Rose walking down the same road just a few minutes after the call to 911. They said his residence was just 100 feet from the bus stop.
The 12-year-old girl said it was dark when her father dropped her off at the bus stop, but she said she noticed Rose watching her.
“She said after her dad drove off, he came up to her and asked her some questions,” the 911 caller said. “She didn’t answer them and she came right over here.”
She told police when he approached her wearing pajama pants and asking for her to come with him, she ran to a neighbor’s house crying and had to the woman call 911.
The victim’s father saw Rose as he drove off, but thought he was someone he knew.
Officers applauded the 12-year-old for her quick thinking.
“What she did was great,” said Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies Lt. Tim Johnson.
Deputies are concerned about what Rose told them when he was questioned.
“He said he wanted sex,” Johnson said.
Investigators said Rose has no history of sex crimes. He lived about half a block away from the bus stop with his son.
Rose has been charged with felony attempted child abduction and was jailed under a $75,000 bond. Rose will have his first appearance in court Wednesday at the Lincoln County Courthouse.