Lenape student says man tried to lure him into car
MANOR TOWNSHIP: After a man attempted to lure a 10-year-old boy into his car Tuesday morning, Armstrong School District officials are warning parents to watch their kids at bus stops.
The Lenape Elementary School student was on his way to his bus stop near Armstrong Street and Park Avenue when an older man in a silver sedan pulled up and allegedly tried to talk the child into his car, according to a state police report.
The Manor Township boy didn’t get into the car, and the suspect reportedly drove away when another car and a school bus pulled up behind him, police said. The incident occurred around 8 a.m.
Once the school district was alerted, administrators notified state police in Kittanning and began making plans to notify parents, according to Lenape Principal Thomas Dinga.
“We don’t want to inflame the situation, but we definitely want to inform parents,” Dinga said Wednesday evening.
Dinga said a written statement was sent with Lenape students, and he thought other schools in the large district also were planning to warn parents.
“It’s a reminder for parents to be diligent when their kids are going to or from bus stops,” Dinga said. “It’s a good reminder, especially since it’s early in the year.
“It’s a good idea to have contact with your kids at the bus stop,” Dinga advised parents. “Rather than just dropping them off, you should watch them.”
Dinga said this is the first time he’s heard of a child luring incident happening in the Armstrong School District.
“It’s something you don’t like to think about, but it hits quick,” he said.
Dinga said students are instructed at assemblies and in the curriculum what to do when approached by strangers.
“There are always reminders to the children,” he said.
Police are searching for a white man about 40 to 50 years old with dark, salt-and-pepper hair and some facial hair. He was last seen driving an older model silver sedan toward Lenape Technical School in Manor Township around 8:05 a.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Kittanning at 724-543-2011.