Worthington Division of Police officers have arrested a man who allegedly approached a pair of girls Aug. 13 and attempted to entice them into his car.

Police made the arrest Aug. 14, thanks to “concerned residents” who gave descriptions of man, said Sgt. Jim Moran.

At ThisWeek’s press time Aug. 15, police were not releasing the man’s name because “the investigation into this incident and other suspected incidents are still active,” he said.

The man was charged with one count of criminal child enticement, and a multijurisdictional effort was in process to determine whether other charges would be filed.

According to a news release, the man approached the children on the 300 block of East North Street.

He reportedly pulled into the driveway where they were playing and asked a 9-year-old girl to get into his vehicle.

The girl and her sister “fled into the home” to report the incident to their parents, who called police.

Police said neighbors heard the story and reported their 9-year-old daughter had told them about a similar incident that occurred July 12.

In both cases, the girls described the driver as a white man in his 30s in a gray hatchback-style vehicle, potentially a Ford Focus.

Moran said the children reacted appropriately.

“These two (girls) acted appropriately by fleeing the area immediately and seeking out an adult,” he said. “That would be my strongest recommendation, for the (children) to separate themselves from the person immediately.”

Anyone with information related to the cases may contact detective Beth Babb at 614-885-4463 or bbabb@ci.worthington.oh.us.

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A man allegedly approached a pair of young children Aug. 13 in Worthington and attempted to get them into his car, according to the Worthington Division of Police.

According to a release, the man approached the children on the 300 block of East North Street. He reportedly pulled into the driveway where they were playing and asked a 9-year-old girl to get into his vehicle.

The girl and her sister “fled into the home” to report the incident to their parents, who called police.

Police said neighbors heard the story and reported their 9-year-old daughter had told them about a similar incident that occurred July 12.

In both cases, the girls described the driver as a white man in his 30s in a gray hatchback-style vehicle, potentially a Ford Focus.

The Worthington Division of Police Criminal Investigative Unit is “actively conducting a follow-up investigation.”

Anyone with information related to the cases should contact detective Beth Babb at 614-885-4463 or bbabb@ci.worthington.oh.us.

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