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Police : Man Tried to Lure 13-Year-Old Girl In His Truck

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PERKIOMEN TWP., Pa. -

The search is on for a man in Montgomery County who police say tried to lure a girl into his truck.

Now the girl that nearly fell into his trap spoke out to FOX 29.

That 13-year-old girl's mother has been working from home since the incident took place on Monday. We are not identifying the girl for her protection.

"I was kind of scared at first and I didn't really know what was going on and then I kind of panicked," she said.

The girl was walking home from the bus stop in Schwenksville when a man in a truck approached her.

"They were like, hey can you in my car and help me find my lab and I started running and crying and luckily I already had my key in my hand," the victim said.

Even though the teen was able to get away and run into her house, she was still home alone, and said her nightmare wasn't over.

"He drove around into my driveway and just sat there for a while and just sat there and sat in his car," she said.

She said the man eventually drove off. She called her mom, who then called police.

They soon notified the Perkiomen Valley School District, who alerted parents.

"We really felt that it was crucial to disseminate information as quickly as possible to have people be on the lookout for a vehicle like this that might, say show up in their neighborhood," Lower Frederick Police Chief Paul Maxey said.

Police said the suspect is in his late 20s or early 30s and drives a black mid-sized pickup with tinted windows.

Parents said they're on the lookout, and have set up a plan to keep their kids safe.

"We all have a set-up of other people's houses, alternative houses to go to just in case a parent gets stuck in traffic or something like that," Haylie Stioli said.

The victim said she looks around more when getting off the bus and feels lucky she wasn't harmed.

The school district has since moved the bus stop closer to her home.

"I always think what if my mom's not here and he comes back again and see me by myself again, but now that more kids get off the bus stop with me closer to my house I feel more safe," she said.

Police said they are increasing patrols around area bus stops.

They have some promising leads thanks to tips from the public.

If you have any information about the case, you're asked to call the Lower Frederick Township Police at 610-287-4434.

 

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