GLENS FALLS -- A Glens Falls man was arrested Saturday night after he allegedly tried to lure a 6-year-old into the woods of Crandall Park, police said.
Allen R. "A.J." Way, 49, of Grove Street, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a noncriminal violation, police records show.
He was arrested after police got an 8 p.m. call about a "suspicious" man in the park trying to coax a girl to go into the woods with him near the baseball field, Glens Falls Police Sgt. Robert Ash said.
The baseball field is near the bandshell in the park.
The suspect had been chased into the woods by a group of men who had confronted him. Court records show that, when police sorted out the details, they found a girl who said a shirtless man tried to get her to follow him into the woods and a woman who witnessed the man gesturing to the girl.
"The man was trying to bring her into the woods," witness Heather Viele told police, according to court records. "The man would take a few steps back and the girl would take a few steps forward."
The girl was the daughter of an acquaintance of Viele's, and Viele said, when she saw the man approach the girl, she alerted other adults.
The girl, whose name was not released, told police that the man was waving at her to come toward him and saying, "Come here," as he stood on the edge of the woods.
"He kept walking toward me and kept waving at me, telling me ‘Come here,'" she told police.
Way told police that the girl had said hello to him, and then he was chased into the woods by a group of men.
Police located him a short time later and found that he had a small quantity of marijuana.
A message left with a relative of Way's was not returned on Monday.
Way was arraigned in City Court and released, pending prosecution in City Court. The charges are punishable by up to a year and 15 days in Warren County Jail.