Fernley Man Held In Child Abduction & Assault

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A man described as a transient was being held on suspicion of abducting a brother and sister from their front yard and sexually assaulting the 6-year-old girl, authorities said.

Brant Whetstone, 40, was arrested around noon Wednesday at a construction site where he was apparently living out of his truck, Lyon County sheriff's investigator Robin Hall said.

Hall said the girl and her 8-year-old brother were playing in their front yard around 5 p.m. Tuesday when the suspect lured them into his truck with the promise of candy.

"He took them to the store and bought them some candy, and then pushed the brother out of the truck and took the female victim off by herself," Hall said.

The boy ran home to his parents and as they went to look for her she was walking down the street.

The girl said she was dropped off near her home.

Whetstone was being held on $600,000 bail.

Whetstone, a laborer, moved to Fernley from Oklahoma several months ago. He is known by a number of aliases, and has a criminal history that does not include sex crimes, Hall said.

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