June 25, 2016

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Police: Man tried to lure girl

WADSWORTH — Police are seeking information about a man who approached a junior high school student Tuesday.

Police say a man driving a black Jeep Liberty, Honda Pilot or similar SUV pulled into a parking space on Main Street and attempted to lure a Central Intermediate School student into his vehicle as she was walking from school to the dance studio, according to the police department’s Facebook page.

Police Lt. Robert Wyrick said the girl felt uncomfortable.

“The suspect pulled into a parking space on Main Street and rolled down the window, where he contacted the female student,” Wyrick said. “Sensing that the suspect’s behavior was suspicious, she immediately fled the area, running to the dance studio.”

A woman leaving a dance class at Northeast Ohio Dance School, 124 College St., saw the incident and called police about 3:45 p.m.

The man was described as a white male with pale skin, very short light brown hair, possibly balding, with a mustache and “scruffy” facial hair. He was wearing a blue-striped shirt.

Wadsworth Schools have issued an “Alert Now” notification to all subscribing parents and guardians. Parents and teachers should also remind students of safety procedures regarding to strangers.

Anyone witnesses or anyone with knowledge of the man or vehicle is encouraged to call Wadsworth police at (330) 334-1511.

Anonymous information, tips may be left by voicemail at (330) 335-2769. Information may also be emailed to police at wadsworthpd@gmail.com.

Contact Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.