NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 34-year-old North Charleston man was arrested Monday after officers say he attempted to lure two students into his vehicle by offering them marijuana.
North Charleston police responded to the area of Bonds Avenue and Hilda Street Monday around 8:30 a.m. for reports of a suspicious male at a school bus stop harassing students.
According to an incident report, a security guard for the Charleston County School District told police a man driving a red Chevy Malibu pulled up to the bus stop and asked a student if he smoked marijuana. The suspect, later identified as Dederick Tarmanye Bright, then reportedly told the student he would take him to his hotel to smoke and would bring him back at the end of the day.
Police spoke with the student, who confirmed everything the security guard said.
A second student told police he had the same conversation with the suspect, but when he started to walk away the suspect gave him his cell phone number. A witness claimed to have overheard the conversation, the report states.
While on the scene, police say Bright's red Chevy Malibu was spotted making a right turn onto Hilda Street from Bonds Avenue, at which point the officer initiated a traffic stop.
The report states Bright initially denied the incidents, but then indicated the conversation "wasn't like that." He later admitted he needed help, police say.
Bright was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor.
He is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center on a $150,000 bond.