Police Investigate Attempted Child Luring
A 12-year-old girl in Mt. Lebanon told Upper St. Clair Patch that a man asked her to get into his truck.
Mt. Lebanon police are investigating an attempted child luring that occurred Tuesday in a neighborhood near St. Clair Hospital.
The 12-year-old Jefferson Middle School sixth grader told Upper St. Clair Patch she was near the intersection of Pinewood and Maplewood Drives when she heard a vehicle squeal behind her.
She said an older man in a white truck asked her where she lived and said he'd give her a ride home.
The victim said she had a bad feeling in her stomach and took off running through the neighborhood backyards until she got to her house.
"I just ran away as fast as I could," she said.
Her father was watching television when she came to the back door banging.
"I was like oh my gosh and I was so scared and the cops came," she said.
"She had this look of horror on her face. She was scared, real scared," her father said.
He immediately called 911.
The victim told police that the man wore black sunglasses, was cleanly shaven, had old, wrinkly skin and white hair, with a possible a comb-over.
She said the Mt. Lebanon police were talking with the Upper St. Clair police about a similar incident that may have happened in Upper St. Clair on Tuesday.
The victim's father said he usually picks his daughter up from school, but since there was such nice weather on Tuesday, he let his daughter walk home from her after-school dodgeball practice.
He found the incident especially disturbing because another attempted luring incident happened at the same intersection in October 2010.
"I'm really proud of her. She's very strong-willed," he said of his daughter.
The victim said she plans on trying to walk with a group of kids next time.
Editor's Note: The victim and her father did not want to be identified for the article.