Police accuse man of attempting to lure teen in Jeannette
A Penn Township man was jailed on Sunday for an alleged attempt to lure a teenage girl into his pickup in Jeannette.
Bobby J. Williams, 45, was arrested late Sunday afternoon after an investigation by city police and Penn Township Police.
Residents tipped off police about the luring attempt that occurred in the 200 block of South Seventh Street, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Jeannette Patrolman Justin Scalzo.
The girl was frightened “because the man was staring at her and she felt he wanted her to get into his truck,” Scalzo said.
Friends of the girl and other witnesses reportedly watched as Williams “circled the block about five to six times, staring at her and other teenagers,” Scalzo said.
When one resident approached Williams and asked why he was in the neighborhood, police said Williams replied, “I'm looking for a little girl to pick up.”
Witnesses provided police with the registration on Williams' blue pickup.
During an interview with police, Williams said he was just “saying hello,” to the teenagers, Scalzo reported. When officers pressed the question of whether Williams was looking to have sex with a juvenile, he replied “yes,” but said he didn't think he would have gone through with it, Scalzo wrote in the affidavit.
Williams was jailed after failing to post $15,000 bond set by Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis. He scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 1.
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