Potential Pedophile Arrested
I heard about this yesterday, and snapped a photo of the responding officers. The homeless man who was arrested was in the back of this squad car near the Dunkin’ Donuts on 7th & Washington.
From the Journal:
Man tried to lure 9-year-old girl in Hoboken
by Charles Hack
Hoboken police arrested a homeless man yesterday and charged him with trying to lure a 9-year-old girl by offering guitar lessons, police reports said.
Police arrested John Lotito, 44, and charged him with trying to lure the girl at Washington and 11th streets, around 11 a.m., reports said.
The victim’s uncle, 27, told police that while he was going to pick up some refreshments from a donut store, a man approached his niece, who was putting a quarter in a parking meter while waiting for him.
The stranger walked up to the girl and asked if she knew how to play the guitar, reports said. The girl did not answer, but Lotito invited her for a lesson in his car, reports said.
The uncle saw the stranger talking to his niece and ran up to ask what he wanted, police said.
The man said he asked her why she was not in school and then left abruptly, police said.
The girl then told her uncle what Lotito actually said, according to reports, and he drove her around and until she spotted Lotito nearby, police said, and the uncle called cops.
The man was taken to the Hudson County jail in Kearny, police said.