York Area Regional Police seek help identifying suspect

John Joyce
  • York Area Police are working to identify an adult male who they say showed up to a Jacobus teen's home for sex in July.
  • The suspect arranged with the teenage girl to meet at her house for sex, a news release said.
  • The act was prevented when a teenage male friend of the girl exchanged words with the suspect, police said.

The York Area Regional Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a man they say showed up at a teenage girl's house after the two arranged over the internet to meet for sex.

The suspect was scared off by a male friend of the girl, but the police have a photo of the suspect they are hoping will lead to his identification.

According to a news release posted on the department's website and its Facebook page, the incident took place in Jacobus in July.

YAPD are asking for the community' help in identifying this man, wanted in connection with an indecent assault in Jacobus Borough.

Met for sex: The suspect and his intended victim prearranged to meet at her residence for sex, the release said.

"It was mutual over the internet or some form of electronic device," York Area Regional Police Chief Tim Damon said.

Neither the girl nor the male friend's age were listed on the release. Damon said he would leave it at the fact that both are teens.

Scared off: He said the suspect showed up, but his intentions were thwarted by the girl's male friend, who exchanged words with the adult suspect.

"It wasn't physical between them," Damon said about the confrontation. "Words were exchanged, and the suspect decided it was in his best interest to leave."

The news release went out Tuesday, and so far there has been some level of response from the community, Damon said.

"We've gotten a few leads. I can't say that we have him identified yet, but we have gotten some tips," he said.

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Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to call YAPD at 717-741-1259. Citizens also can phone in tips to Crime Stoppers at 877-TIPS. Those providing information leading to an arrest and conviction can be eligible for a cash reward.

— Reach John Joyce at jjoyce2@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD.