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Washington man charged with trying to kidnap 3 children

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By Margaret Harding
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 9:15 a.m.

A Washington man is accused of attempting to lure neighborhood children into his truck by offering them candy, state police said Monday.

Police charged Jerry Zgorliski, 55, with attempted kidnapping, unlawful restraint, luring a child into a motor vehicle, interference with custody of children and driving with a suspended license. He is being held at the Washington County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bond, online court records show.

State police said Zgorliski drove through an alley behind Wilmington Avenue and approached two girls, 10 and 8, and a boy, 4, while they were playing in their yard on Sunday, and asked if they would help him find his dog. Zgorliski offered them candy if they found the dog, state police said.

He ran after the children, and nearly grabbed them before he stopped and returned to his truck and drove around the corner to his home on Ellis Avenue, state police said. Police found him there later and arrested him.

Online court records do not indicate he has retained an attorney.

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