SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – A 12-year-old female Park Middle School student said that a male driver attempted to lure her into his vehicle this morning as she was walking to school, according to a statement issued by the Scotch Plains Police Department.
The unidentified male, who is suspected to be of Hispanic or Asian descent in his 50s - 60s, was driving an "older model brown car" believed to be a Cadillac Catera with Pennsylvania license plates, according to Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley. The suspect approached the victim on Park Ave., first near the police station and then again near Darby Road Restaurant, police said. According to police, he tried to convince the girl several times to get into his car as he continued to follow her throughout the walk.
The Scotch Plains Police Department is currently investigating the case. At this time, there is no further information available.
“This is a reminder for parents to talk to their children about stranger danger and how to handle these types of situations,” Conley said. “Make sure that kids know that this happens in all areas and to never get in or near the car of someone you don’t know. It is important for children to immediately report any incidents to an adult and the local police department.”
Anyone that may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact Scotch Plains Police Captain Paul Belford at 908-322-7100 Ext. 111.