ASPINWALL (KDKA) — Two young men could soon be facing charges following the possible attempted luring of a 14-year-old boy on Thursday afternoon in Aspinwall.
Officials say the alleged incident happened at 4th Street and Emerson Avenue around 3:45 p.m.
According to investigators, the boy was on 4th Street when he says a green Lincoln Navigator pulled up beside him.
“We’d received a call for a possible luring of a 14-year-old into a vehicle,” said Chief John Sabol, of the Aspinwall Police Department.
The driver reportedly asked the teen to help find his dog. When the boy refused, he says the driver then tried to lure him into the vehicle with candy.
“Subsequently, the youth yelled for help,” said Chief Sabol. “The vehicle continued down 4th Street to Delafield to Freeport Road.”
But it turns out what investigators say really happened was anything but legitimate.
“Apparently, this started out as a joke, which escalated into a very, very serious incident,” Chief Sabol added.
Police say the two juveniles are accused of attempting to lure kids into their SUV, not once but twice.
“We had two police agencies involved, three detectives and three of our officers, so it was very time consuming for no reason,” said Chief Sabol.
Authorities say charges against the two juveniles are pending the outcome of the investigation.