Police are asking Red Lion-area residents to be vigilant, after taking a complaint that two people tried to lure a girl into his van last week.

It happened about 3:45 p.m. Aug. 14 in the 200 block of South Charles Street in Red Lion, according to York Area Regional Police.

A 13-year-old girl was walking in the area when a dark red or maroon work-type van drove past her as someone inside yelled, "Hey baby," police said.

The van stopped, at which point a man in the passenger seat unhooked his seat belt, told the driver to unlock the doors and said to the girl, "Get in my van," police said.

Ran away: The girl ran to a nearby home and called her mother, police said. The van left the area.

The girl's mother told officers she saw something on Facebook about a similar incident on Saturday near the Red Lion Water Park, Sgt. Jeff Dunbar said.

Police are still trying to confirm whether the Facebook post is true, he said.

Dunbar said York Area Regional Police confirmed the girl and her mother were the only people to make a report about such an incident.

He noted that school is starting for the season and kids will be walking to school and home.

"Parents need to be aware of where their kids are at and who they're with, because (things) can happen quickly," he said. "And some kids have no fear."

Be alert: All residents need to be vigilant and immediately call 911 if they see any suspicious activity, Dunbar said.


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The van had a dull finish and white letters on the side, possibly with a phone number that was peeling off, police said.

The passenger is a white man, about 30 years old, with short dark hair, a mustache and possibly a goatee. He was wearing glasses or sunglasses and looked "dirty," as if he had been doing physical work, police said.

The girl told police the van's driver has blond hair but she is unsure if the driver was a man or woman, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident, and anyone who is aware of similar incidents, is asked to call police at (717) 741-1259.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.