CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Investigators say a 6-year-old girl walking to school with her mother Monday morning was assaulted by a homeless man. The CMS superintendent said the scare may prompt some security changes.
“First of all, it is ridiculous,” said neighbor, William Johnson.
Investigators said the mother and daughter were walking to Highland Renaissance Academy Monday morning around 7:30 a.m., when they were approached by a man. He reportedly grabbed the little girl by her arm and tried to pull her.
The mother said she was then assaulted by the man as she tried to grab her daughter. The suspect walked away, only to return, exposing himself.
“I say he is an evil, cruel person. When you grab a 6-year-old child there is something wrong with you,” Johnson said.
Within minutes, CMPD officers arrived and arrested Ronnie Carr. He's now charged with assault on a child under 12, indecent exposure, attempted kidnapping and sexual battery.
CMS superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox said the incident happened on a sidewalk near the school, but close enough to school grounds that they are now considering security changes.
“There is no fencing so we are looking a securing the campus a little bit differently in the days ahead but we are also working with the police department to patrol perhaps more often,” Dr. Wilcox said.
Dr. Wilcox said there is no school resource officer at that school, but the mother was able to run inside for help and CMPD officers arrived quickly.