Police: 2nd child-luring incident fabricated

Updated at 7:10 p.m.

For the second time in about a month, state police issued an alert about an attempted child luring; however, further investigation revealed the incident had been fabricated,  police said in a second press release on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The first release said a juvenile girl was waiting for her bus on Tuesday, Feb. 23, a little after 8 a.m., in the 600 block of Marshall Road in Wallace Township when she was approached by an individual driving a maroon Ford pickup truck, police said.

The driver asked the girl if she needed a ride and left when she said no. He is described as a white, non-Hispanic male approximately 40 years old; he was wearing a black vest and dark sunglasses. He also had full tattoo “sleeves” and collar-length dark hair with a red streak in it, police said.

The second press release, issued about 4 1/2 hours later, said the incident "was found to be fabricated."

Last month, an incident report from the Avondale barracks described the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Penn Township on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

According to police, the girl exited her school bus near Oxford Circle and Hilltop Drive in Penn Township about 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. As she was walking on the sidewalk toward her home, a skinny white male wearing all black clothing and sunglasses grabbed both of her wrists and told her to go with him. She was able to escape and run to her house, police said.

Police and area school district have asked parents and guardians to be vigilant at bus stops and to report any suspicious activity immediately. Police said the girl worked with police to provide details for a composite sketch. To view the sketch, click here.

Anyone with information on an individual matching the sketch – or an individual resembling the sketch who recently made a significant change to his appearance – is asked to contact the Avondale barracks at 610-268-2022.

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