UPDATE 9/14/17: The Swatara Township Police continue to actively investigate this case. Patrol activities have been increased to keep a close eye on bus stops in the Township. Detectives are working a few leads but we STILL NEED YOUR HELP! Be on the lookout for suspicious activity in your neighborhoods and call 911 if something seems out of place; especially if you observe someone matching the suspect's description.
Swatara Township Police received a report that a suspicious male chased a 5th grade student from his bus stop at about 4:45 p.m. today. The incident occurred at the Park Run Apartments located at 3300 Paxton Street. The boy was able to run to his home in order to get away from the male. The suspect was described as a white adult male with curly reddish hair and close-cut facial hair. The Police Department is taking the necessary steps to identify this person and ensure that the bus stop is safe for students. Anyone with information about the identity of this suspicious person is asked to call the Swatara Township Police at 717-564-2550. You may also submit a tip online at SwataraPolice.org.
The Police Department would like to commend this 5th grader for recognizing the danger that can be present when dealing with strangers. Running away was the right move young man, well done. Parents, if you haven't had the "stranger danger" talk with your kids, please do so as soon as possible.
We all know about the regular school bus stops in our neighborhoods; please help us monitor these areas for suspicious activity. If something doesn't look right, please call 911 so the police can respond and investigate right away. Thank you for your help!