Man tries to lure two school children at Castor Gardens playground

An un­known man tried to lure two grade school chil­dren at a Castor Gar­dens play­ground last Wed­nes­day morn­ing, but both stu­dents alertly fled and re­por­ted the in­cid­ents.

The epis­odes happened about 10 minutes apart at Max My­ers Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, which is next to the Gil­bert Spru­ance Ele­ment­ary School at Heller­man and Hor­rocks streets.

At about 7:50 a.m., a 10-year-old boy stopped at the play­ground on the way to school. A man ap­proached him “of­fer­ing to help him,” Phil­adelphia po­lice said. The man grabbed the boy by the hand, but the young­ster called out to his moth­er, who was nearby. The man fled.

At about 8 a.m., a 12-year-old girl was walk­ing to school when a man ap­proached her, “told her he had something for her” and pushed her, po­lice said. Three oth­er men wit­nessed the en­counter and chased the man who had ap­proached the girl to­ward Magee Av­en­ue, in the op­pos­ite dir­ec­tion of Spru­ance.

The girl fled in­to the school and told of­fi­cials there about the in­cid­ent.

In both cases, the man was de­scribed as black, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with salt and pep­per hair, a mous­tache, a blue and white checkered shirt with but­tons, tan pants and light-colored shoes.

Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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