West Chester Police Investigating Attempted Child Luring at Hoopes Park

WEST CHESTER, PA — The West Chester Police Department is investigating an attempted child luring at Hoopes Park in West Chester this past weekend.

Authorities state that on Saturday, January 9, 2021, the West Chester Police Department received a report of an attempted luring of children into a motor vehicle.  At approximately 5:20 PM two children, aged 12 and 14 were playing in Hoopes Park, 700 Hoopes Park Lane, when they noticed a white sport utility vehicle entered the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then parked near the boys who were playing on park equipment.

The lone male operator of the vehicle, who was unknown to the children, opened the driver’s side door and asked the children to get in the car. The male never exited the vehicle and the children did not approach the vehicle as they fled the area, returning home and reporting the incident to their parents.

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The vehicle, described as a white Ford Explorer with no distinguishing features left the area onto Ashbridge Street from the park. The description provided was consistent with a 5th generation Ford Explorer (model years 2011-2019).

No description of the male operator could be provided, only that he had a ‘raspy’ voice.

This matter is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the West Chester Police Department at 610-696-2700.

Officials are asking everyone who witnesses any suspicious activity within West Chester Borough or East Bradford Township, to contact the West Chester Police Department at any time.

Information is subject to change at any time. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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