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Man tried to abduct girl in Hanover, police say

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HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police in York County are investigating an attempted child abduction that happened Wednesday afternoon.

Hanover police said a 14-year-old girl was walking in an alley off the 600 block of East Middle Street near Gay Street sometime between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Police said she saw a man parking an older white utility van in the alley. As the girl continued walking, the driver got out of the van and yelled something at her.

The girl kept walking, and the man approached her from behind and attempted to grab her sweater. She was able to pull away and flee the scene.

She later returned home and told her parents about what happened. Her parents then reported the incident to police shortly after 7 p.m.

Roger Sweeney, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years, says he wished he would have been in the area when the incident took place.  "Had I been there," said Sweeney, "He would not have been able to walk home."

According to officials, the driver of the van was the sole occupant. He's described as thin, white, approximately 50 years of age, with graying dark-colored hair and a bushy mustache/beard. He was wearing a white or gray colored T-shirt, blue jeans and black boots.

The van was described as an older model, full-size white utility van with rust on the rear bumper. The van did not have any windows on the rear cargo doors or side panels.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hanover police at 717-637-5575.

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