Pedro Lopez-Marroquin isn't exactly a pickup artist -- according to police, he was just walking around a Phoenix apartment complex with $100 in his hand, trying to get kids to have sex with him.
Believe it or not, nobody took him up on his offer.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, Lopez-Marroquin went up to a 10-year-old girl first, who was playing soccer at the apartment complex, near Thomas Road and 36th Street.
He went up to her two or three times, without saying anything, before he grabbed the girl by the wrist, to which the girl responded, "what," according to the documents. Lopez-Marroquin didn't respond, but went up to her one last time and offered her $100 for "something."
Lopez-Marroquin then spotted a 13-year-old girl walking her dog, and Lopez-Marroquin -- still with the $100 bill in his hand -- told the girl to "follow him to his place and they would have sex," according to a probable-cause statement.
Again, no dice, but once one of the girls' mothers was informed of this, several people called the cops while Lopez-Marroquin ran away.
Lopez-Marroquin was found in an alley next to the complex, and told the cops he didn't do anything, but later added that he "could have" touched the 10-year-old girl. When he was quizzed about the 13-year-old girl, he said he didn't remember what he said to her, because he was intoxicated, according to the documents.
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As he recalled, Lopez-Marroquin believed he said "hi" to the girl, and she said "hi" back. Once confronted with the allegation that he was offering children $100 for sex, he added that "it could have happened and God forgive me for doing that," according to court documents.
Lopez-Marroquin was arrested on two counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, and one count of aggravated assault. He's being held without bail, since he's not in the country legally, according to the documents.
Police also recovered the $100 bill.