PITTSBURGH (KDKA)- Zone 1 police have issued a community alert in the Troy Hill neighborhood.
They say a suspicious man has been spotted in the Cowley Park area.
The man is driving a Yellow Cab van. Police say he has been visiting the park for the past several days and asking juveniles to dance for him and then asking them to go for a ride with him.
Police are told that the man exposed himself at least once.
Bill Howard is worried about his two young daughters.
Over the weekend, his 8-year-old Haylee was playing with friends at Cowley Park when the man in the cab pulled up.
“He kept telling all of us to get in the van and to dance on him,” Haylee said.
The kids ran off, but the man followed.
“We went all the way up to the park and he kept on driving around until he could get to where all of us — to the park — down that street where he could get us at,” Haylee said.
Haylee told her mom what happened.
“She ran out and confronted him, she said, ‘If you come back here agian, we’re calling the police or my husband is going to kick your butt,'” said Bill Howard.
Police notified the neighborhood, but say the van has been spotted several times since then. One woman noticed it Wednesday.
“It’s scary because I’m a mother of five, you know, and that really scares me, but you just got to be cautious and take care of your kids and watch out for them,” said Twyla Perdue.
Anyone who spots this man driving a Yellow Cab van should get a good description of him and call 911.