WEST NORRITON — Police are investigating a possible attempted child luring that occurred Jan. 27, at 3:45 p.m. in the 100 block of Liberty Avenue.
A 10-year-old girl was on her way home after getting off a school bus when she was followed by a man driving a slow-moving truck. The child first saw the truck at parked near the bus stop at Marshall and Liberty avenues
The truck drove slowly along the 1000 block of Liberty. The child began running, and the truck continued to follow her. As she opened her garage door, the vehicle pulled up in front of her residence, and the man asked, “Do you live here?” The truck then fled on Liberty Avenue toward Burnside Avenue.
The suspect is described as a white male between 20 and 30 years old. He was wearing all black, a black knit cap and sunglasses. Police have provided a composite sketch.
His truck is described as a slightly raised, white, two-door, short-bed pickup truck with a ‘“4X4” decal on its tailgate and a silver tool box behind the cab, possibly a Chevrolet. It had a windshield visor decal with horizontal and vertical lines. The windows had light tint, and the wheels were silver rims, but not shiny. The vehicle also had a rusted body, with either decals or paint peeling that looked like paint splatter, and it had possibly had a New Jersey registration with the first three letters of “HGJ.”
On Jan. 29 at 3:05 p.m., Lower Providence police reported a similar incident in which a 12-year-old girl was followed from a bus stop at the intersection of East Mount Kirk and Walker Lane. As the girl walked home she saw a clean-shaven white male, approximately 30 years of age, with short dark hair, wearing a dark-colored shirt. He was seated in a parked, older-model pickup truck, grayish in color with the paint peeling on the body. As she walked by he stared at her. She ran and then heard the vehicle try to start the engine three times. As she looked back, she saw white back-up lights.
Anyone who was in these areas on those dates or has information that could lead to the identity of this person is urged to contact Detective Mark D. Wassmer at 610-630-1701 ext. 312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.