HAINES CITY, Fla. – The Haines City Police Department arrested a man Sunday at a grocery store after he tried to lure a 7-year-old girl into his RV to see a puppy.
Dale Collins, 63, is charged with attempting to lure or entice a child age 12 years or younger.
Collins approached the girl in front of a Publix at 617 US-17 around 4 p.m. Sunday, according to Haines City police. He told the girl she could see the puppy from his camper, and also offered to give the girl his phone number.
The girl was with members of her cheer squad, along with parents, for a fundraiser.
"We were right there at the table, not even three feet away," Stacey Bray, the girl's mom, said.
Several adults observed the “suspicious behavior of Collins and began yelling at him,” according to Haines City police.
"It’s very disturbing, because what would’ve happened after that is for everybody to decide," Deputy Chief James Elensky of the Haines City Police Department said.
Collins left the Publix in his RV after parents confronted him. Haines City police pulled him over in his RV in the parking lot of Big Tony’s at 201 Hinson Ave.
Authorities identified Collins by his New York driver’s license and detained him.
Collins remains in the Polk County Jail as of Tuesday morning with a bond set at $500.
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