Man arrested for luring two children under 10 into apartment

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two children are safe after barely escaping what could have been a horrific situation Friday evening.

Clearwater police say 21-year-old Christopher Lorch lured two children, into his apartment on North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, by promising them candy, ice cream and the chance to see his pets.

Once Lorch had the 7 year old girl and 9-year-old boy in his apartment he took the girl upstairs and locked her in his bedroom.

The little boy was able to run from the apartment screaming for help while he was left alone downstairs.

Clearwater officers arrived soon after and arrested Lorch and freed the little girl.

He faces charges of false imprisonment and two counts of luring an enticing a child.

He is currently in Pinellas County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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