A man from Port Orange Florida violated the terms of his probation when he attempted to purchase an 8 yr old little girl from her mother.
Eighty-five-year-old Hellmuth Kolb attempted the same crime he committed in 2018 according to WESH2.
Lauren Benning says she thought Kolb was just a lonely old man when he first eyed her and her playful 8-year-old daughter inside the store.
“He just came up and he started making comments about how pretty she was and how good her dancing was and how he could never have children and he wanted children,” Benning said.
Mother and daughter went on their way and happened to be leaving the store through one exit as Kolb was coming out another.
“Approached me in the parking lot. Actually chased me down in the parking lot and said ‘hey, I want to make a deal with you.’ I’d like to buy her for $100,000,” Benning said. “I was in complete shock.”
Kolb was arrested for violating his probation and a judge has ordered he be held without bond. Kolb had been serving five years probation for grabbing another child in a local Walmart in 2018, kissing her wrist and offering to buy her for $200,000.
“His intent is to buy children. That’s not OK,” she said.
Police say when they questioned Kolb about offering to buy Benning’s daughter, Kolb laughed and then said “we all like kids.”
Kolb was registered as a sex offender after the 2018 incident and the terms of his probation include no contact with minor children other than family and must be accompanied in malls and big stores like Winn-Dixie. Kolb was alone when he approached Benning and her daughter. Benning says she doesn’t know what’s wrong with suspect Kolb but says there’s no question, something is.
“He needs to be locked up and not allowed to be around our children,” she said.
Benning says her daughter is OK but she was really shaken up by that bizarre encounter. She told her mother she doesn’t want to go grocery shopping with her anymore.
Just this month Kolb filed a motion for early termination of his probation from the 2018 incident. A judge has not yet ruled on that request.