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Report of attempted child luring in Hempfield a hoax, police say

| Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:31 p.m.

A 15-year-old boy fabricated his claim that a man tried to lure him into his vehicle Wednesday afternoon in Hempfield, state police said Thursday evening.

The boy told police the man was driving a white Ford van, police reported in a news release earlier Thursday.

He also said that on the previous day, the same suspect allegedly followed the boy on foot in the area of Todd School Road and Sandalwood Drive, near the exit for Route 130 (Humphrey Road) on Route 30. The teenager told police he was walking a dog at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday when he was approached by the white man, who asked him to get inside the van.

The boy said the van had no registration on the back.

The teenager told police he said no and ran home, while the suspect drove away on Todd School Road. On Tuesday at about 8 p.m., the same man followed the teen on foot along Todd School Road, police said.

The boy gave a detailed description of the man, including that he had a black crewcut, was shirtless and had a hairy chest, police said.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, police released an update on the incident.

“Further investigation and interview revealed that the 15-year-old male juvenile had fabricated the story of the attempted luring,” according to a second release from Trooper John Beynon.

Beynon was on patrol Thursday evening and not immediately available for further comment, including whether or not the boy will face charges.

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