St. George Police search for man who tried to lure young girls into car

Stock image by Wellphoto, iStock/Getty Images Plus. Inset photo of male suspected of attempting to lure girls into his vehicle, Jan 16, 2019 | Photo courtesy of SGPD, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Officers from the St. George Police Department are actively searching for a man suspected of trying to lure young girls into his car Wednesday afternoon near Lin’s Market on Mall Drive.

Photo of a man near Lin’s Market on Mall Drive who is being sought by St. George Police, St. George, Utah, Jan 16, 2019 | Photo courtesy of St. George Police Department, St. George News

In a post on the department’s Facebook page Thursday morning, police specified they have good information about the suspect who is being investigated by officers from several divisions, including school, patrol, investigation and administration.

“This is a great time to remind you that if you see something, let the police know first,” the post states.

Other Facebook posts have been circulating throughout the day describing the alleged incident of a suspicious man approaching a group of teenage girls with candy melts, attempting to entice them to a nearby party.

Screenshot of a Facebook post describing man suspected of attempting to lure young girls into a car on Mall Drive, St. George Utah, Jan. 16, 2019 | Image courtesy of Deborah Pedersen Schone Facebook page, St. George News

The writer of the post said when rejected, the man became agitated, punching her car on the hood and throwing a bag of candy melts into her car before yelling expletives and driving away.

The man with a previous criminal record for drugs has been identified by several members of the community, but St. George police were unable to confirm the identity with St. George News at the time this report was published.

They also couldn’t confirm other rumors of incidents involving the same suspect on Thursday morning.

The photo accompanying the post shows a man with brown hair, average build, wearing a black shirt with American flag shorts and driving a late-model silver, 4-door sedan, possibly a 2016 Nissan Altima.

“The sooner we can start investigating a possible crime the better. We can also help to dis-spell any rumors or hoax before they spread, ” the Facebook post states. “Thank you for all you do to make this a great place to live!”

Anyone with information about the suspect or similar incidents that may have them concerned is asked to call St. George Police at 435-627-4300.


Twitter: @STGnews | @andrewjpinckney

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  • Bender January 17, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Yeah, I’m gonna wait and see how this plays out before I call for this guy’s head on a stick.

  • Comment January 17, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Well hello there little girls. Would ya like some candy sticks?!

  • Comment January 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Looks like the facebook detectives have solved this one. But there’s probably more to the story. Advise you parents to keep an eye on what your little tweenies do on social media.

  • tcrider January 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    This shouldn’t be a real hard one to figure out, now lets see who
    else likes to where american flag clothing, Oh yes, the bundy ranch
    would probably be a good place to start.

  • tcrider January 17, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    also the sandles should indicate the perp came from a southern direction
    from here or a local hotel.

  • tcrider January 17, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    check out profile of person located on the lower right of photo in this link,

  • xbcmc059 January 17, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    So relieved to learn there was no alcoholic beverages involved in this incident.

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