The Lower Saucon Township Police Department Monday shared a neighboring police department’s warning about allegedly suspicious activity that took place on the Saucon Rail Trail not far from the border the two municipalities share.
In a news release, Lower Saucon police shared the statement the Upper Saucon Township Police Department released on Facebook about a man a female jogger in her mid-20s reportedly encountered while jogging on the trail between Spring Valley Road and the the municipal line at around 1:50 p.m. Friday, July 28.
The woman “was nearly struck by an older male operating a bicycle,” police said. “The male proceeded to try to strike up a conversation and convince the female to go with him for a drink. The male was described as white, 55-60 years of age, approximately 5’10” tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a gray t-shirt, casual shorts, a tan hat and sunglasses. He was also described as having a decent size gap in his teeth and may be missing one or more teeth.”
“Please remain vigilant of your surroundings at all times and notify the police of any suspicious persons, vehicles or behavior,” police advised.
Anyone with information about the man or who has had a similar encounter on the trail is asked to contact Upper Saucon Township Police at 610-282-3064.
As of Monday the police’s post on Facebook had been shared more than 400 times and generated more than 100 comments, some from members of the public who questioned whether the behavior described warranted a suspicious activity alert.
“Does this really meet the burden of proof for being a predator tho?” asked Matthew David.
Many people, however, said the woman did the right thing by reporting her encounter to authorities.
“(A) woman feels threatened…period,” commented Juanelle Fulcoly Mochel. “No interpretation (is) needed from men who don’t recognize that vulnerability.”
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