David Cuellar of Dania Beach, Florida was arrested for allegedly groping a 14-year-old girl at a school bus stop on Monday. Cuellar, 32, faces charges for lewd and lascivious molestation and is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond. The large bail bond sum was set during his first-appearance court hearing on Tuesday. News sources did not list an attorney for Cuellar.
According to reports, the alleged incident took place at approximately 7 a.m. near Hollywood Central Elementary School at a school bus stop on 1830 Madison Street. The victim, whose identity has been withheld due to her age and the nature of the crime, claims Cuellar approached her and stood near her at the bus stop. Cuellar then allegedly touched the victim’s thigh and buttocks.
The teenage girl claims to have attempted to flee. However, Cuellar allegedly pursued the victim, grabbed her wrist, and told her, “Don’t go anywhere, stay here.” The victim got away from Cuellar, sources indicate.
Police reports say that after removing herself from the situation, the teenage victim called her mother. The victim’s mother immediately came to retrieve the victim, sources indicate. The pair then drove around the area to try and locate Cuellar. They allegedly found him attempting to enter a closed building on 1900 Van Buren Street. Cuellar then reportedly headed north towards Harrison Street on foot.
The mother of the victim alerted police about the incident and gave them a description of the perpetrator. A patrolling officer in the area spotted and arrested Cuellar because he matched the description given to police. The teenage girl then allegedly confirmed that Cuellar was indeed the stranger who touched her.
During his first-appearance court session, Broward Judge John Hurley said Cuellar is “an extreme danger” to society because he found Cuellar’s alleged willingness to confront and grab a teenage girl waiting for a bus to be “very concerning to the court.”