PONTIAC, Mich. – A man was arrested when he tried to meet up with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl in Oakland County and give her cocaine, police said.
Deputies received a tip Monday (Sept. 12) that Jacob Kile Gooden, 35, of Orion Township, had been messaging a man posing as a 15-year-old girl. Officials said Gooden sent messages claiming he would bring cocaine and a vape pen to a gas station.
Police said the meeting was scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday in the area of Montcalm Street and Baldwin Avenue in Pontiac. Gooden sent a detailed description of his car before the meeting, officials said.
Deputies set up surveillance at the gas station and took Gooden into custody when he arrived.
“Any attempts to victimize children will be vigorously investigated, and we will seek the most serious criminal charges possible,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “We appreciate the partnership with our community and the good work of our deputies.”
Cocaine was found inside Gooden’s vehicle, according to deputies. He claimed he had set up the encounter to buy the girl school supplies, they said.
Gooden is charged with possession of a controlled substance under 25 grams and accosting/enticing/soliciting a minor for immoral purposes. Both felony charges carry a maximum penalty of four years in prison.
He is being held at the Oakland County Jail on $25,000 bond, cash/surety.
The next court date is scheduled for Sept. 27.