Granite City man accused of trying to lure 12-year-old at bus stop

PONTOON BEACH, Ill. – The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged an elderly Granite City man Friday for allegedly trying to lure and kidnap a child at a bus stop.

According to Pontoon Beach Police Chief Christopher Modrusic, the incident took place Thursday just after 8 a.m. near the intersection of Eastgate and Lakeview drives.

Modrusic said a 12-year-old girl was waiting for the school bus when a red 2005 Nissan Titan pickup truck pulled up. The driver attempted to get the girl and other children into the truck by showing them a small dog. The driver eventually left and the police were notified.

Pontoon Beach police eventually located the truck, driven by 78-year-old Gerald Sugg. Detectives questioned Sugg at police headquarters and filed for warrants.

On Friday, prosecutors charged Sugg with one count of child abduction and one count of disorderly conduct.

Gerald Sugg (left)

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