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Clarion County Man Charged With Child Luring

By David Highfield
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FORD CITY (KDKA) — Police agencies with cases of attempted child lurings are taking a look at the arrest of a man in Armstrong County.

Matthew Evans, 36, of New Bethlehem, is in the Armstrong County Jail charged with three counts of luring a child after an alleged incident in Ford City Wednesday night.

Police say Evans pulled up to three teenage girls along Fifth Avenue and began asking them questions.

“Smoke? Drink? Party? Did they have boyfriends? Very, very personal questions pertaining to the 14- and 15-year-old female victims,” said Ford City Police Sgt. John Atherton.

Evann Gerboc says she talked to the girls afterward, “They were telling me that he was asking did they do drugs and stuff.”

While police say Evans never directly asked the girls to get into his gray Chevrolet Tahoe, they felt they were being lured because of the nature of his questions. They got his license plate number and about an hour later police pulled over Evans in nearby Rayburn Township.

Now, police in Ford City say they’ve been contacted by other police agencies about the case, including Allegheny County Police. “They’re going to take a look at whether there’s any connection with incidents in their jurisdictions,” said Sgt. Atherton.

As for what allegedly happened in Ford City, Gerboc said, “I just think it’s gross, really disgusting, and I just hope he’s in jail for a while.”

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