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Man Lured Girl Into Car: Margate Police

Police say a North Lauderdale man lured a young girl into his car last Thursday in Margate by offering her a ride to school.

Margate Police say the girl was walking to school Monday morning at 7 a.m. when 58-year-old Jose Laurence pulled up next to her and offered her a ride.

The girl initially mistook Laurence for a family member and got into his car. Police say Laurence drove off with the girl and invited her to his house.

She refused, and Laurence eventually dropped her off at school and gave her a hug.

The girl wasn't harmed while she was in the vehicle, police say.

Laurence is now facing charges of luring and enticing a child, as well as battery. Records show he was booked on Monday.

It's not known if Laurence has hired an attorney.

Police say other children may have been victims of Laurence. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

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