CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police arrested 34-year-old Mark Allen Wiseman, a registered sex offender, for interference with custody of a minor, after he reportedly attempted to lure a young girl into his vehicle.
Yesterday, officers responded to a complaint that while walking to her bus stop on NE Van Loon Lane, a girl was approached by a man driving a blue-green vehicle with shiny wheels, who tried to convince her to get in his car for a ride. When she refused, she said the man drove by slowly, then made a U-turn and slowed down as the vehicle began to pass her. The girl ran away from the vehicle to a family friend, and witness, nearby.
Both the girl and the witness described the vehicle to officers. The child also provided a description of the driver. The witness believed the vehicle belonged to someone who lived in the area. Officers found a vehicle matching the description at 520 Hancock Bridge Parkway E. and made contact with the resident there, Wiseman. Wiseman matched the description provided to officers by the girl.
It was discovered that Wiseman is a registered sex offender. Wiseman provided a Post-Miranda statement to detectives that he was the registered owner and sole driver of that vehicle, and that he did offer a ride to a young female, who he saw walking on Hancock Bridge Parkway. Wiseman allegedly told detectives that though he was prohibited from having contact with minors while on probation, he didn’t think it was a problem now that he is not on probation.
Based on the fact that the juvenile and witness positively identified Mark Wiseman’s vehicle as the suspect vehicle; Wiseman’s admission that he was the registered owner of the vehicle and the only one who drove the vehicle on that date; and that Mark Wiseman without lawful authority knowingly enticed a minor from the custody of her parents, he was placed under arrest for Interference with child custody.