Police seek man suspected of trying to lure children in E. Bethlehem park

August 27, 2014

East Bethlehem Township police, state police and Washington County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who allegedly tried to lure children in Ten Mile Park.

Police Chief Mark Pompe said the man also has removed his clothing and run naked through the park. He said one girl related that he tried to lure her behind a bathroom there.

“He seems to be out during the evening hours,” Pompe said Wednesday. “But up to now, he has not touched any of the children. But we are concerned he might become more aggressive.”

The incidents started about a month ago, Pompe said. The suspect is white, about 6 feet tall, weighs about 190 pounds and has light-colored hair. He was seen riding a blue and red mountain-style bicycle.

While the park is not usually patrolled by deputies, Pompe said he asked the sheriff’s office for assistance in covering the area when township officers are not on duty.

Pompe said police went door to door in the area in an attempt to get information on the suspect but have not had any luck in identifying him.

Anyone who might have encountered the suspect or has information on his identity is asked to call East Bethlehem police at 724-377-1851 and leave a message. If the suspect is seen in the park or in the area, Pompe said 911 should be called immediately.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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