Crime

Man accused of touching students after Cary police stake out bus stop

Felipe Lopez de la Cruz
Felipe Lopez de la Cruz CCBI

Undercover police staked out a school bus stop on Kildaire Farm Road for several mornings before arresting a Lee County man they said was hugging and improperly touching students on their way to the bus, they said Monday.

Students who boarded the bus at that stop had told resource officers at their schools that something seemed wrong when they saw a man hugging children on several days, said Capt. Randall Rhyne, investigations commander for Cary police.

Police set up surveillance of the bus stop near Wrenn Road, Rhyne said.

About 7:30 a.m. Friday, they arrested Felipe Lopez de la Cruz, 32, who lives at a mobile home park called Thornwood Village in Sanford, when he arrived in the area, Rhyne explained.

De la Cruz was charged with four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, which is a felony.

He also was charged with not having a driver’s license.

According to the charges, de la Cruz touched one child on Oct. 2, two on Oct. 4 and one on Oct. 11.

The case is still under investigation, Rhyne said, but it appeared that de la Cruz did not go to that bus stop every day.

Police did not disclose the ages of the children involved, but the indecent-liberties charge applies only to children under 16 years old.

At least one report to a resource officer was at a high school, Rhyne said.

De la Cruz was held over the weekend in lieu of $300,750 bail pending a first court appearance.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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