Authorities are praising the quick action a 12-year-old girl and her grandmother for the arrest of a Forsyth County man on child enticement charges.
Sabino Monte Blanco, 22, of Cumming remained in custody Wednesday morning, a day after he reportedly tried to lure the girl into his vehicle at a school bus stop.
Blanco, who is being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center, has been charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes and possession of false identification documents. Bond has not been set.
Blanco was arrested, Forsyth County Sheriff's investigators said, after the girl told her grandmother about the encounter and the woman tracked down the suspect.
Investigator Jeff Robertson said the incident occurred between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Robertson said the girl, whose identity is not being released because of her age, was waiting for the bus at her grandmother's house near Tidwell Road in southwestern Forsyth.
"She was sitting in the driveway in a chair about 25 feet off the road when the suspect drove by and stopped and asked if she spoke Spanish," Robertson said.
"She said no and then he started blowing kisses at her and telling her she's so beautiful," Robertson said. "Then he tried to get her to come to the car."
Robertson said the girl ran inside and told her grandmother. They came out, got in the grandmother's vehicle and pursued the suspect.
The grandmother, he said, "located him going down the road and called 911."
Authorities stopped Blanco in his black, late 1990s Dodge Neon at a nearby convenience store. Robertson said the girl identified him as the man who tried to solicit her.
Lt. Col. Gene Moss commended the sheriff's uniform patrol division for its quick response.
"We did recover some evidence of interest in the car that could be used to validate her claims," said Moss, who declined to elaborate on the items.
"She did a good job doing what she is supposed to do," he said of the girl.
Authorities said her actions should be a lesson to others.
Sheriff's Deputy Mike Garrison said parents should have their children participate in the Child Stranger Danger program, also offered by the sheriff's office.
"She did the right thing by turning, screaming and running home," he said.
The program is available to community groups, including subdivisions, church organizations and schools.