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Public Help Needed in Child Luring Case

Melissa S. Treacy

Thursday, February 6, 2014 • 11:41am

The police departments in both West Norriton and Lower Providence are still seeking the public’s assistance in locating an alleged child-luring suspect.

On Jan. 27, around 3:45 p.m., West Norriton Detectives report that a 10-year-old girl was followed home from her own bus stop after school.

The person following her was described, according to police reports, as a “white male, 20 to 30 years of age, with short dark hair, wearing all black, black fleece cap and dark sunglasses.”

The child was suspicious of the man as his truck was moving at slow speeds behind her.

“The truck drove slowly in the 100 block of Liberty Avenue,” said reports. “The child began to run, as she heard it following her. The truck pulled in front of the child’s home, as she opened the garage door.”

The story did not end there.

“The suspect asked [the girl] ‘do you live here?’” said reports. “ The truck fled on Liberty Avenue toward Burnside Avenue. The victim provided an excellent vehicle description.”

The child first saw the vehicle parked near the bus stop at Marshall and Liberty avenues and was able to provide police with the description.

The vehicle is described as a “white or gray in color, slightly lifted, two-door pick-up truck with a 4x4 decal on its tailgate, possibly a Chevrolet,” according to reports. “The truck had a short bed with a silver diamond-plated tool box behind the cab. A windshield visor decal, with horizontal and vertical lines [was also seen].”

The police were able to gather even more detail when a second young girl reported a similar case. According to police reports, on Jan. 29 at 3:05 p.m., the Lower Providence Police reported a similar incident.

A girl, 12, was followed from her bus stop after school.  The incident occurred at the intersection of East Mount Kirk and Walker Lane, in Lower Providence Township, said reports. 

“As the girl walked home she saw a white male, approximately 30 years of age, clean shaven, short dark hair, wearing a dark colored shirt,” said police. “He was seated in a parked, older model pick-up truck, grayish in color, with the paint peeling on the body of the truck.”

The case alarmed area residents in its similarity.

“As she walked by he stared at her,” said the report. “She ran and then heard the vehicle try to start the engine three times.  As she looked back she saw white back up lights.”

The truck is said to have windows with a light tint.  The wheels were silver rims, “but not shiny.”

“The vehicle had a rusted body, with either decals or paint peeling that looked like paint splatter,” read reports. “The truck was operating with a possible New Jersey registration with the first three letters of  ‘HGJ.’”

If anyone was in these areas on those dates or has information that could lead to the identity of this person or vehicle, contact Detective Mark D. Wassmer at 610-630-1701, extension 312 or email mwassmer@wntwp.com.

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