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Man indicted for encounter with child
Granny helped catch suspect
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Forsyth County News

A 23-year-old man who was arrested after being chased down by the grandmother of a girl he reportedly tried to entice is expected to appear in court next month.

Sabino Monte Blanco of 6465 Atlanta Hwy. was indicted Dec.1 on one count of criminal attempt to commit enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of possession of a false identification document.

His arraignment has been scheduled for Jan. 8 in Forsyth County Superior Court.

Blanco's attorney, Norman Cuadra, declined comment on the indictment.

Blanco was arrested Aug. 19, Forsyth County Sheriff's officials said, after the 12-year-old girl told her grandmother about the encounter and they tracked him down.

Sheriff's Lt. Col. Gene Moss declined to comment on the indictment.

Moss has previously said that evidence recovered from Blanco's vehicle could be used to confirm the girl's story. He commended the child for going to her grandmother.

"She did a good job doing what she is supposed to do," he said.

Authorities said the girl, whose name is not being released because of her age, was waiting for the school bus in front of her grandmother's house in southwestern Forsyth when Blanco pulled up and asked her if she spoke Spanish.

She told him no, after which he blew kisses at her and told her she was beautiful, Sheriff's Investigator Jeff Robertson said.

Authorities said Blanco attempted to get the girl to come to his car. Instead, she ran inside the house to her grandmother.

They then got into the grandmother's car and pursued Blanco, authorities said. Once she found him, the grandmother called 911.

Blanco was stopped in his black, late 1990s Dodge Neon at a nearby convenience store. He was arrested after the girl identified him as the person who tried to solicit her, authorities said.