Police probe possible attempted abduction at Safe Harbor Park
BY RYAN ROBINSON, Staff Writer
Police are investigating whether a man tried to abduct a woman at Safe Harbor Park in Conestoga Township Tuesday afternoon, they said.
A 52-year-old Manor Township woman was walking her dogs at about 3 p.m. in the area of the River Road bridge at Conestoga Boulevard, Southern Regional police Chief John Fiorill reported.
She noticed a man in the area who seemed to be staying close to her. He had a short conversation with her and was acting suspiciously, Fiorill said.
After placing her dogs in the back of her sport utility vehicle, the woman began walking to her driver's door.
The man then ran toward her, Fiorill said. The woman got into her vehicle and locked the doors.
The man "grabbed the door (handle) and it was locked," Fiorill said. He punched the car door before the woman drove away and called police.
The chief said Wednesday that police don't know yet if the man was trying to abduct the woman or just harass her.
"We're not sure what his intent was," Fiorill said. "We do have leads. I am confident we will be able to track him down."
"This guy frequents the park often," Fiorill said, but police didn't immediately know his identity. "One of our officers saw his car there numerous times. He sits there and watches the river."
The chief said police have not gotten any complaints about him before.
The woman frequently walks her dogs in the park, but doesn't know the man, Fiorill said.
The man was described as being Hispanic, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 230 pounds, 35 to 40 years old, with his hair pulled back in a ponytail.
He wore a sweatshirt, sweatpants and a black leather jacket, and left the area in a small blue or green sedan with a Florida license plate.
Police ask anyone with information to call them at 872-0352.
Tipsters also may call Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913 or anonymously text LANCS plus your message to 847411 (TIP411).