NEW KENSINGTON (KDKA) — A man is facing attempting kidnapping and luring charges after investigators say he claimed to be a police officer to try and get a teenage girl into his vehicle in Westmoreland County.
Handcuffed and shackled, 39-year-old William Michael Durci Jr. walked silently to his arraignment Tuesday, accused of trying to lure a 15-year-old girl into his vehicle.
Durci, from Creighton, was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping of a minor, attempted luring of a child and several other counts. It all stems from an alleged encounter he had with the teen girl in New Kensington.
“On Nov. 3, we had a young girl and her mother come in and tell us a man tried to lure her into a vehicle,” said New Kensington Police Chief Thomas Klawinski.
Figuring out just who the man in the car on 8th Street was took a while. Detectives say they turned to videotape in order to track the suspect down.
“The detective was able to put together his movements from Ridge Avenue at Constitution Boulevard, clear to about a block from his house in East Deer by following different video of businesses,” said Chief Klawinski.
And it turns out; the young victim did some recording on her own.
“The girl was smart,” said Chief Klawinski. “She took her iPhone and was using her recorder and recording the conversations he was having with her. At one point he said to her, ‘I’m a cop. I want you to be safe, get in.’”
Investigators say Durci followed that up with more alleged inappropriate comments.
“He made some reference to her about fooling around,’ Chief Klawinski said.
After that, the girl began to pick up the pace and police say Durci took off.