Man accused of luring kids being held on $7.5M bond

Man accused of luring kids being held on $7.5M bond

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An anonymous tip helped police nab a man whom they say was trying to lure young children into his car.

David Richard Kyle, 57, is being held on $7.5 million bond.

Kyle was arrested Saturday after Groveland Police received a tip. Officers told FOX35 someone called to tell them that Kyle was at Lake David Park trying to lure children into his car. The caller said the children were between 9 and 12 years old.

Groveland Police said they drove to the park and saw Kyle drive into the lot. Officers then talked to Kyle.

"Upon questioning, he admitted that he had been picking up children at the park and taking them to his home in Leesburg," Lt. John Flinn said.

Investigators said Kyle tried to get at least three children into his car. Police said two children did not get into his car, but a 9-year-old boy did. Flinn said Kyle drove the boy to his house on Conquistador Street in Leesburg.

"At this point, it doesn't look like anything of a sexual nature was done," Flinn said.

Police said they contacted the child's mother. Investigators said she did not know about the incident and asked to press charges.

Kyle was in the Lake County Jail on Sunday, charged with two counts of interfering with child custody, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of luring or enticing a child and one count of aggravated stalking.

"He gave us consent to search his vehicle and his home," Flinn said. "In his home, we did locate a backpack that had duct tape, ropes, rags and scissors inside it. We don't know what his intent was for using those items, but they do appear suspicious at this time."

Parents at the park Sunday said the incident is why they keep a close eye on their children.

"No park is safe," Ronnie King said. "You have to keep an eye on your kid."

Groveland Police and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are asking the public and other police agencies to take a look at similar cases to see whether there's any possible connection.

"He was very cooperative, but he does have a history out-of-state where he does have a past of kidnapping as well," Flinn said.

Flinn said the previous charges stem from incidents that occurred in the 1970s and early '80s.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call GPD at 352-429-4166 or the LCSO at 352-342-2101.

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