Man arrested for trying to lure student into his car

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department arrested a man who tried to lure a student into his vehicle.

Jeremy Woodard was taken into custody Friday after he allegedly tried to lure a female Hamilton High School student into a his vehicle Tuesday, Feb. 6. He's charged with stalking

Shelby County Schools warned parents Tuesday against a man, now believed to be Woodard, who had been seen around different schools in the area.

"This is the best thing that could have happened. Because a lot of these young girls, and my grandkids, they walk to school by themselves in the morning time sometimes, and I be scared for them," neighbor Angela Banks said.

One Hamilton High girl accuses Woodard of following her near Silver Street and Ethlyn Avenue twice in the same week--allegedly showing her money out of the car window and asking where she was headed to.

"I feel like it's very wrong and a person would have to be very sick in the head to do that," Hamilton Middle School student Faith Jackson said.

Jackson said her family changed up her morning routine to avoid becoming the next victim.

"My friend, her mother picks me up from the house and takes me to school," she said.

WMC Action News 5 looked up Woodard's criminal history, and it includes several arrests.

In 2006, he was arrested for aggravated assault, 2010 for patronizing prostitution, 2012 for patronizing prostitution and indecent exposure, 2013 for patronizing prostitution and indecent exposure, again in 2013 for patronizing prostitution, and 2016 for aggravated kidnapping and, again, patronizing prostitution.

"Why was he on the streets? These people they go to jail and they just get out. I feel so sorry for these children. I really do," Banks said.

WMC5 went to an address listed for Woodard but no one answered the door. There was a white Kia in the driveway.

In November and December, several women in Midtown said a man in a similar white Kia exposed himself to them. Police have never informed us of an arrest in those cases. We're told investigators are looking into a possible connection to Woodard.

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