Crime & Courts

Man accused of grabbing girl walking to school, assaulting mom and exposing himself

Ronnie David Carr is accused of kidnapping, assault on a child younger than 12 and sexual battery, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say.
Ronnie David Carr is accused of kidnapping, assault on a child younger than 12 and sexual battery, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say.

A man was arrested after police say he grabbed a young girl, assaulted her mother then exposed himself to them as they walked to school Monday morning.

The incident happened at 7:37 a.m. on the 400 block of Hilo Drive near Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood.

The mother told responding officers she was walking her 6-year-old daughter to school when she was approached by a man police identified as 46-year-old Ronnie Darrel Carr.

The mother said Carr grabbed the young girl by the arm and pulled on her, the report states. When the mother grabbed her daughter away from Carr, police say he assaulted the mother then walked away.

However, investigators say Carr walked back to the scene and exposed himself to the victims. Responding officers found Carr nearby and took him to police headquarters for questioning.

Carr was then arrested and charged with indecent exposure, sexual battery, assault on a child younger than 12, and attempted kidnapping.

CMS superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox spoke about the incident at a press conference Monday afternoon.

“It’s just one of those things that is a challenge or an obstacle any day that you start school,” said Wilcox.

The incident happened just blocks away from Highland Renaissance Academy.

The superintendent said that one issue is that people have been spotted camping in the woods near the school.

“There’s no fencing so we have been looking at securing the campus a little bit differently in the days ahead,” said Wilcox.

He said he has also been in communication with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department about the safety and security concerns near the school.

“We’re also working with the police department to patrol perhaps more often to look at that issue so we’re working on that,” explained the superintendent.

A CMPD cruiser could be seen camped out in front of the school building Monday night.

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