Charges dropped against man accused of luring girls into vehicle in Miami

Marshawn Andrews, 23, arrested last month on multiple charges


MIAMI – Charges have been dropped against a man who was accused of trying to lure girls into his vehicle in Miami.

Miami police arrested Marshawn Andrews, 23, last month on charges of kidnapping, attempted false imprisonment and attempted sexual battery on a minor.

According to an arrest affidavit, a police lieutenant witnessed Andrews trying to pick up a girl near Northwest Seventh Avenue and Northwest 29th Street. Police said Andrews was unsuccessful on his first attempt, but he persuaded another girl to get in his vehicle.

Police conducted a traffic stop, and the girl said she didn't know Andrews, but that he convinced her to get in the vehicle.

It is the most recent incident in a series of attempted abductions in the city since August.

The first incident was reported Aug. 31 while a girl was walking to school near Northwest 65th Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue.

Police said the man driving a dark four-door vehicle, possibly a Dodge Charger, tried to lure the girl into the vehicle, but she got away and called the police.

A similar incident was reported Nov. 10 near Northwest 12th Avenue and Northwest 67th Street.

Police said a girl was walking in the area when a man stepped out of a white, four-door SUV that was blocking traffic and yelled at her, "You going to school?" The girl ignored the man and continued walking, but he got into the SUV and followed her. When the man ordered her to get in the SUV, she ran away.

The most recent incident was reported Dec. 12 on Northwest 71st Street.

Police said a girl was walking when she saw a Cadillac Escalade parked on the sidewalk. As she started to walk around the SUV, the man said to her, "I've gotta take care of my girls. Get in the car."

After the girl refused, the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at her back, again ordering her into the Escalade.

Police said the girl got in the Escalade, but was able to escape through a rear door.

It wasn't immediately clear why the state did not pursue the charges.

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