Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    Man sought by state police for several attempts to abduct children

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    Pennsylvania State Police are on the hunt for a man who they believe tried abducting several children on three separate occasions in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

    UPDATE: State Police provide an update on this story — Amazon incident was not a luring attempt.

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    In one attempt, the man, described as a Hispanic male acted like an Amazon delivery driver.

    Just after 11:30 a.m. Monday, Pennsylvania State Troopers received a call from an administrator at Glenwood Elementary School who reported that a 5th grade student had encountered a male in a white work van who had attempted to lure him into the vehicle.

    A 10-year-old boy, who was waiting for the bus in front of Glen Riddle Apartments on the 1000 block of West Baltimore Pike, told the school that as he stood alone waiting for the school bus a male suspect drove up to him and asked him if he would like to drive his van.

    After the boy told the man he did not, the man took off, headed north on Baltimore Pike.

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    The van was described as white, having no windows, a dented passenger side and red lettering on the side.

    The juvenile’s father also stated that he had seen this particular vehicle parked in the parking lot over the last two weeks. He added that there is also what appeared to be an Autism awareness sticker that was on the side of the van.

    Police say on Friday, May 4, an incident which nearly mirrors this one allegedly took place in a nearby township.

    The details of the van itself as well as the description of the suspect are nearly identical.

    Police say the suspect also attempted to abduct a 15-year-old girl on the 300 block of Willits Way in Chester Heights Borough just before 8 p.m. that same night.

    Delaware County 911 Center received a call stating a 15-year-old female had a run-in with a male who attempted to lure her to his vehicle.

    The teenage girl stated that a white work van pulled up in front of her residence and the male suspect displayed what appeared to be an Amazon package.

    She told him that she had not ordered anything so she should not be the recipient of it.

    He was persistent, saying that he would then have to contact his supervisor and mark the package as “refused.”

    Her father was also interviewed at the residence and confirmed that there was no delivery from Amazon expected.

    The van was described as white, with no windows, a ladder rack and red lettering on the side.

    The van came from and left towards Mattson Road.

    Pennsylvania State Police Media Barracks are currently following up on leads; however, no arrest has been made.

    Residents are encouraged to call PSP Media at 484-840-1000 or 911 immediately if a van matching this description is observed or if a similar incident occurs.

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