CONCORD — A 12-year-old girl reported that a man tried to lure her into his car after she got off her school bus Tuesday afternoon, police said.

In a second luring incident, police in Collingdale reported that they have made an arrest in a luring attempt that took place in the borough on Jan. 8.

The incident occurred on Rebecca's Lane, near Thornton Road, about 3 p.m.

The girl reported she had gotten off her school bus when a man pulled up next to her in his vehicle, then proceeded to show her a sexually explicit video on his phone, as well as soliciting her to engage in sex acts. 

The girl was not harmed and was able to get home safely, at which time police were alerted.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Asian man in his mid to late 40s, with short black hair and a beard. He was wearing a baseball cap and was driving a white or cream-colored sedan. The vehicle’s make or model is not known.

On Wednesday afternoon multiple Pennsylvania state troopers patrolled the area as school buses dropped off students. Troopers decline to comment on the incident. 

Residents were alarmed by the incident and indicated they are taking extra precautions.

“We try to be as vigilant as we can around here,” said Julia Vogelei, a 10-year resident of Patriot Lane, which is one street from Rebecca’s Lane. “We’re all aware of cars that don’t belong on our street. Police have been here, which is great. That makes us feel safe that they are on it. We texted everybody this morning when we heard so that we all are aware. There's usually a mom down here with all the buses that drop off.”

Vogelei said a least four buses drop students off from area public and private school in the neighborhood.

By 3:45 p.m. the last of those buses had stopped. A student waved to the state trooper as she walked to her nearby home.

The girl who was allegedly approached is a student in the Garnet Valley School District and school officials took steps to alert parents and the community to the situation.

“We are working in conjunction with the state police and are fully investigating the issue," said Superintendent Dr. Marc Bertando. "All of our drivers are on heightened alert, and we ask that families reinforce their safety rules and expected behaviors with children this evening."

Pennsylvania State Police from the Troop K Media Barracks continue to investigate. Anyone with information about his incident is urged to contact state police at 484-840-1000.

Meanwhile, Collingdale police announce they have filed charges against a 60 year-old Havertown man in connection with a luring incident there.

David Baker, of the 1400 block of Windsor Park Lane in the Havertown section of Haverford, was charged with two counts of attempting to lurie a child into a motor vehicle or structure, according to a press release from Collingdale police. Baker turned himself in and he was preliminarily arraigned on the charges and posted 10 percent of $250,000 bail.

Collingdale Chief Kenneth Felker said the incident took place on Jan. 8, 2020 at 3:40 p.m. The chief said Collingdale Police Officer Jason Benditt responded to a residence in Collingdale for a report of a male trying to lure children into a white van by offering candy to them in the 1000 block of Sharon Avenue in Collingdale. He said the incident occurred while children were walking home from school.

The investigation was turned over to Criminal Investigator Cpl. Patrick Crozier. Numerous residents turned over security camera footage that was invaluable in assisting in the investigation, Felder said. Cpl. Crozier was able to identify a person of interest. The male was interviewed and admitted to being in the area. The video footage was used to refute his version of events. After numerous interviews and in consultation with the District Attorney’s office a warrant was issued for Baker's arrest.

Collingdale Police are asking anyone who may have been in contact with the male to call Cpl. Crozier at 610-586-0502 or contact their local police department. 

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