Hanover Police are investigating an apparent attempted child abduction that happened Wednesday, police said.
A 14-year-old girl was walking in an alley off the 600 block of East Middle Street between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. when she saw a man parking an older white utility van in the alley between Middle and Gay streets, police said.
As the girl continued walking, the driver got out of the van and yelled something to her. She continued walking, but he approached her from behind and tried to grab her sweater, police said. She pulled away and ran off, later returning home to report the incident to her parents, police said.
The driver of the van was described as a thin white man, about 50 years old, with graying dark-colored hair, a bushy moustache and a beard. He was wearing a white or gray T-shirt, blue jeans and black boots.
The van was described as an older model, full-size white utility van with rust on the rear bumper. The van did not have windows on the rear cargo doors or side panels.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (717) 637-5575.
This is at least the second such incident in the borough in less than a month. On Sept. 25, police said they were investigating an attempted child luring of a 14-year-old girl near York and Middle streets about 5 p.m.
That man is described as heavyset, white, 50 to 60, with a full gray beard and possibly a moustache. He was driving a newer-model gray or silver Jeep Wrangler with a hard top, with black interior and black tinted windows.