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Mt. Lebanon police investigate attempted luring

Tony LaRussa
| Thursday, July 29, 2010

Two men on Wednesday attempted to lure an 11-year-old Mt. Lebanon girl into the car they were driving as she was walking home from her job as a volunteer at a Vacation Bible School, police said.

The girl, whose name was not released, told police she was walking home alone from Southminster Presbyterian Church on Washington Road shortly before 12:30 p.m. when a small, black, four-door sedan with its windows down pulled up to a stop sign as she approached the intersection of Hazel Drive and Hemlock Street in the municipality's Mission Hills section.

"The passenger in the car starts talking to her and says, 'Hey, why don't you get in the car and go for a ride?' " said Mt. Lebanon police Lt. Aaron Lauth.

When the girl declined, the passenger asked again, Lauth said. After the girl again told him no, she ran to the home of a relative, who called police.

The two men did not get out of the car, try to force the girl into the vehicle or follow her when she ran, Lauth said.

Mt. Lebanon police issued a broadcast to its patrol officers and notified surrounding police departments with a description of the car and its occupants.

The girl described the passenger as a white man in his 20s with brown hair, sunglasses and slight facial stubble. The driver was a taller white man, also in his 20s, with blond hair.

Lauth said officers were interviewing residents who live nearby but had not identified any witnesses. He said no similar incidents have been reported recently in the municipality.

The girl's family declined to speak to reporters after being interviewed by detectives at the police station.

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