Child predator accosts four

Phil­adelphia po­lice are seek­ing the pub­lic’s help in identi­fy­ing a sus­pec­ted child pred­at­or who has ac­cos­ted at least four chil­dren since Nov. 5 in sep­ar­ate in­cid­ents near Hard­ing Ju­ni­or High School.

The first in­cid­ent oc­curred at about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 when a man ex­ited an al­ley near Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and Van Kirk Street and grabbed the shirt of a 13-year-old boy, who then fled.

Three days later at about 3:30 p.m., the man was walk­ing a dog along the 2000 block of Wakeling St. when he ap­proached a dif­fer­ent 13-year-old boy and asked him to grab the dog’s leash. When the boy re­fused, the man “shoved” the leash in­to the boy’s hand, po­lice said. The man even­tu­ally grabbed the leash back and walked away.

On Nov. 13 at about 3:15 p.m., the man walked up be­hind a 12-year-old girl near Har­bison Av­en­ue and Dit­man Street and called her to “come here,” po­lice said. When the girl ran, the sus­pec­ted pred­at­or walked away.

Two days later at about 3:15 p.m., the man was walk­ing be­hind an 11-year-old boy and “mum­bling in­co­her­ently,” po­lice said. The youth ran away.

Vic­tims have de­scribed the man as between 35 and 50 years old, black or His­pan­ic, about 6 feet tall and weigh­ing 200 pounds or more. He has black and gray hair and a gray beard. Call the Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit at 215-685-3252 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the cases. ••

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