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Police: Man stalked Raleigh 16-year-old, followed her onto school bus

A man stalked a girl on her way to a school bus stop Tuesday morning, talking to her and telling her she was pretty, and then followed her onto her bus and ignored the driver’s orders to get off, police charged.

Jermaine Lamont Johnson, 35, of 1300 Hendren Circle was arrested at Gatling and South Tarboro streets about 7 a.m. after the girl called police, according to an arrest warrant and arrest records.

Johnson was charged with misdemeanors – trespassing on and impeding the progress of a school bus and stalking – but was held in the Wake County Detention Center without bond because he is on parole until the end of this month following prison time he served for a 2012 felony larceny conviction.

In an arrest warrant, police said Johnson had followed the girl, who police said was 16 and who was identified only by her initials in the warrant, “several blocks to her school bus stop, telling her she was pretty and asking her what school she went to....”

The bus driver told Johnson to get off, the warrant stated, but he stayed on until the girl told him she was calling police.

A reasonable person would be frightened by Johnson’s behavior, police said in explaining the charges.

A magistrate, who set Johnson’s bail at an unusual $500,000 for the misdemeanors, noted that he has “an extensive record” that includes pending charges of breaking and entering and assault on a female from March 2012.

Johnson was convicted in October 2012 and served prison time until he was released on parole last February.

He also has convictions for common law robbery, obtaining property by false pretenses, gun possession by a felon, cocaine possession and other offenses going back to 1996.

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