PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have arrested a man they believe tried to lure a 14-year-old girl for sex, then chased her down with a baseball bat.
Tommy Andrade, 38, faces charges of attempted kidnapping, luring a minor and aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument.
On Friday, officers were called to the area of 19th Avenue and Roeser Road. That's where the 14-year-old victim says she spotted the suspect sitting on a bus bench, holding a baseball bat.
The girl, who was walking home, told police Andrade reached out and tried to grab her hand as she walked by, while saying, "Mamacita, give me a piece of that." According to the police report, when the girl slapped his hand away and tried to walk past him, he stood up and grabbed her leg.
The victim began to run and Andrade reportedly followed behind her, holding the bat.
The girl managed to flag down a passing female motorist, who pulled over and allowed the teen to get into her car.
According to the police report, the victim stated that "she was afraid of the defendant, and that she believed he was going to hurt her and kidnap her for the purpose of hurting her." The victim also stated she could identify the defendant and wanted to prosecute.
Officers contacted the witness, who confirmed that she had picked up the victim in her vehicle, and that she observed that the girl was "being chased by the defendant." The witness also stated that "the girl was crying, and she could see that the defendant was closing the distance with her and had raised the baseball bat up as if he was going to hit her."
The witness also told police that the defendant looked angry and she thought he was going to hurt the victim.
Based upon the description of the suspect provided by the victim and witness, officers believed the suspect to be the defendant Tommy Andrade. The victim was able to identify Andrade in a photographic lineup.
A search at Andrade's home turned up the baseball bat, as a well as the jumpsuit the victim had said he was wearing. Andrade reportedly tried to flee on foot from police at first, but officers were able to apprehend him a short distance away.
After his arrest, Andrade initially denied any involvement. But later, according to the police report, he admitted "contacting the victim at the bus stop, admitted that he wanted to have sex with her, and that he had tried to get a date with her for the purpose of having sex with her."
Andrade was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on one count of luring a minor for sex, one count of attempted kidnapping, and one count of aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument on a minor. According to the police report, Andrade is said to be "mentally disturbed," and is considered a "significant danger to the community."