81-year-old man accused of trying to buy 8-year-old girl for $200k

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An 81-year-old man attempted to buy an 8-year-old girl from her mother at a Walmart for $200,000, according to police.

Police say Tracy Nigh was sitting with her daughter on a bench within the Walmart when they were approached by Hellmuth Kolb. Kolb allegedly asked Nigh if she was married and then started bidding on her daughter.

Nigh got up to leave but Kolb grabbed her daughter and kissed her wrist, WFTV reported. She then alerted store authorities.

Kolb was arrested Saturday and charged with simple battery and false imprisonment.

Kolb told police he could not remember if he grabbed the girl. A judge ordered Kolb not to have any contact with the girl or her mother.

Police are checking to see if there are any similar cases Kolb is involved in: police said another woman had a similar incident earlier with a man fitting Kolb’s description.

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