• Pittsburgh police investigating attempted child luring

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    PITTSBURGH - Police are investigating an attempted child luring incident that allegedly happened in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood earlier this month.

    Police said the victim was walking home from a store when an older white man in a gray work van allegedly asked the victim if they wanted some candy. The victim immediately ran away.

    Workers at the Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center don’t have to keep an eye on the children in their neighborhood, but they voluntarily make it their priority. 

    They have cameras around the building and come in earlier than usual to make sure children get on the bus. 

     “We make it our business to stand outside to make sure that every child is getting on the bus,” said Toni Beasley, family development specialist at the Homewood-Brushton Family Support Center

    Now they are taking extra precautions.


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    “In light of this situation, we probably will do some flyers and do some outreach,” Beasley said.

    Workers at the family support center said they happened to be out of town that day, but they say their director always makes it a point to stay on top of any crime alerts concerning children. 

    “During our staff meeting, our director brought to our attention the increased number of abductions or child abductions and trafficking in the Pittsburgh area,” Beasley said. 


     

     

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