NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department is currently investigating a report of suspicious activity that occurred while a 15-year old student was walking along High Street/Route 94 in the area of Summit Avenue, according to police.
The student contacted the police on February 13 about a man he saw sitting in a truck on February 11 around 3 p.m.. The man, described as a “balding white male in his 20’s” appeared to be taking a video of the student as he walked toward the truck.
The student described the truck as a red four-door pick up with a cap. It was parked in a gravel parking area at the side of the road. As the student approached, the man in the truck held his phone in front of his face and was heard saying “pretty face” several times, according to police.
Police said the occupant never exited the truck, nor did he attempt to make any contact with the student.
The vehicle remained parked and according to police, there was concern that the man was video recording the student, though it was unclear and he may have been possibly talking on speaker phone.
The Newton Police Department is currently looking into the incident and “commend the student and school officials for reporting this suspicious activity so that it can be investigated.”
“The police reported they would increase presence in the area and the district shared the information with neighboring school districts and our school community,” Newton High School Principal Jeff Waldron said. “The fact is that the man could have been speaking to someone else while using a video telephone app such as Facetime. However, we are always extra vigilant when it comes to student safety.”
The police also ask that if anyone has any information that may pertain to this case to please contact them at 973-383-2525 or send a tip via text anonymously to “CRIMES” (274-637) with the keyword NEWTON.