Newtown Township Police are asking residents to be vigilant after an incident in Wrightstown Township in which a suspicious man approached a 16-year-old girl.
According to police, a 16-year-old girl was approached by an older man in a dark grey van on Midland Road as she exited her school bus at 2:45 p.m. Monday.
As she was walking towards her home, police said a man driving an older dark grey van pulled next to her and asked her to come close to the vehicle. According to police, he asked her if she could read a paper he had in his hand because he needed directions.
“The teen was uneasy with the man’s approach, refused to look at the paper and quickly walked away,” according to police.
The driver was described as being a Middle Eastern male, approximately 50 years old with long black shaggy hair, a black mustache and scruffy black beard, police said. He was wearing a "ratty" t-shirt with holes in it, the girl told police.
According to information from the police, the girl said that the van was rusty and beat up with windows on the side and rear. She was unable to provide the make and model of the vehicle.
“While the man may have been legitimately looking for directions, Chief Pasqualini would to remind parents of school age children and teens the need to have frequent discussions as to how to react in a situation like this,” a notice from the police department said.
“The teenager in this incident conducted herself properly to assure her safety by not getting too close to the vehicle and walking away at a quick pace. As always residents should call 911 any time they encounter a situation that makes them uncomfortable,” police said.
Patrol officers will increase their presence in the area, police said.